Grigor Dimitrov beats Nick Kyrgios to claim first Masters title

Kyrgios in action. Image Getty

He had some mistakes and I was able to be back in the match. "It was tough. I can't really talk about it too much".

Nadal got only halfway there.

Earlier in the day, Kyrgios completed his match, that began on Thursday before it was held over due to rain, defeating hard-serving 6-foot 11-inch Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-3. "That was one thing", Kyrgios said.

Ukraine's fourth-ranked Elina Svitolina, who won her fifth WTA title of the year last week in Toronto to reach a career-high fourth in the rankings, can also become number one on Monday if she wins the title.

"I think it's something special to get number one in the world", said Halep. "For me, it's an awesome achievement".

Rafael Nadal has offered his condolences to the victims of the Barcelona terror attacks and their loved ones, stating: "What happened is awful".

'(It's) a tragedy, the feeling that you are not safe. I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had.

However, all is not lost for followers of our tennis expert's selections as 100/1 each-way pick David Ferrer takes on Nick Kyrgios in the other semi-final later tonight. At age 35, Ferrer is the second-oldest semifinalist in Cincinnati during the Open Era behind Ken Rosewall in 1970.


The Bulgarian seventh seed outclassed Yuichi Sugita 6-2 6-1.

Kyrgios used an ace and a service victor to save two break points before holding in the seventh game of the second set. He closed it out with a 136 miles per hour ace, one of his 25 in the match. I knew I'm not going to have that many rallies against John.

"I'm going to enjoy it for a day or two but then it's back to the routine and prepare for the US Open".

In the women's bracket, Pliskova will face Garbine Mugaruza in the semifinals.

"Little kid playing on centre court of Cincinnati against Nadal, that's the way, the best has to come out", Kyrgios said.

It was Isner's 18th loss in a match where he did not surrender a break point. "I recover well, so definitely I will be ready".

"I played the best match so far this tournament", said Halep, who was slowed by a knee injury earlier this season. Dimitrov's slice can be a weapon but if he feels overwhelmed on that side by a heavy ball that Kyrgios can hit when he's on his game it will be quite challenging for Dimitrov to use his slice backhand as aggressively as he's done all week long. I could move well.

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