(Reuters) - Australian Nick Kyrgios overcame Spanish veteran David Ferrer on Saturday to set up a clash against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the final of the Cincinnati Open.
The 22-year-old Kyrgios, looking for his first title of the year, beat the former world number three 7-6(3) 7-6(4), while Dimitrov also advanced to his first Masters 1000 final with a 7-6(4) 7-6(10) victory over American John Isner.
Kyrgios, who has struggled with hip and shoulder injuries the past two months, showed grit to advance.
“He was a nightmare to play, especially because I’m a tall guy and he’s not the tallest guy,” Kyrgios told reporters.
“It’s a tough matchup for me. I thought today I didn’t play my best tennis.
“In the tie-breaks I served well, but I definitely didn’t bring my best tennis today.
“I’m just really proud that I managed to scrap out the
Seventh seed Dimitrov needed almost two hours to book his place in Sunday’s final.
The world number 11 had his work cut out against big-serving Isner, with neither player dropping serve in a match where break opportunities were few and far between.
Isner had two break point chances, Dimitrov only one.
Dimitrov saved a set point in the second set tiebreak, before putting away the dogged American to reach his first Masters 1000 final.
“I think it’s a good step, Dimitrov said. “It’s a good step. I have been on the tour for quite some time now, and I appreciate those moments.
“I’m starting to appreciate them even more.”
Reporting by Andrew Both in Greensboro, North Carolina and Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Pritha Sarkar/Greg Stutchbury