washington19kyrgios_tsitsipas

Points won by each set: [ 27-20, 21-30, 43-41 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Kyrgios – 38 of 91
43 % Tsitsipas – 40 of 91

Very entertaining first encounter between two young guys, who perhaps will be remembered as the 2 out of 4 best players born in the 90s #; both the sons of Greek fathers: Νίκος Κύργιος (Malaysian mother) and Στέφανος Τσιτσιπάς (Russian mother), a few days earlier they played in doubles together for the first time, losing in the first round… In their night-session semifinal, Kyrgios was proposing an amazing tennis for the first 40 minutes (6-4 2:0*), then his demons haunted him as he began serving in the 4th game of the 2nd set – he missed his forehand and blamed for it someone from the stands. Arguing with the umpire, monologues, shouting something to the crowd, spitting, throwing the racket – he completely lost his focus and five games in a row, being penalised with a point deduction in the meantime. At *2:5 he regrouped and to the end of the match he was similarly playing to the awesome opener, however, Tsitsipas, who had his usual problem with shoelaces, raised his level too, and the spectators witnessed a dramatic decider. The Greek [6] had a double break point at 2-all – the Australian [52] saved it with an ace & FH-dropshot. In the tie-break Kyrgios led 5:1*, then saved a match point at 5:6 with a powerful serve on Tsitsipas’ backhand. Kyrgios converted his second match point with a serve-forehand combination.

Kyrgios’ route to his 6th title:
1 T.S. Kwiatkowski 7-5, 6-4
2 Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6(5)
3 Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 7-5
Q Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3
S Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7) – 1 m.p.
W Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6), 7-6(4)

Serve & volley: Kyrgios 4/12, Tsitsipas 0

# Comparison of the four most gifted players born in the 90s by their records vs the Big 3:
No. 4 – D.Thiem 11:17 (Federer 4:2, Nadal 4:9, Djokovic 3:6)
No. 27 – N.Kyrgios 6:7 (Federer 1:3, Nadal 3:4, Djokovic 2:0)
No. 7 – A.Zverev 5:11 (Federer 3:3, Nadal 0:5, Djokovic 2:3)
No. 5 – S.Tsitsipas 3:6 (Federer 1:1, Nadal 1:4, Djokovic 1:1)

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