Nick Kyrgios survived an epic three-set clash against Frances Tiafoe to advance to the Washington Open semifinals.
After two and a half hours of high quality tennis, the Australian beat the American 6-7 7-6 6-2.
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There was nothing in it in the first set, but Kyrgios did himself a disservice with a double fault in the tie-break to give Tiafoe the upper hand.
The match kicked into high gear in the second set, culminating in an epic tie-break which Kyrgios won 14-12, as he managed to save five match points.
Kyrgios and Tiafoe fired multiple aces and countless long rallies in an exchange that left tennis fans in awe.
Ella Brockway of The Washington Post tweeted, “This Kyrgios-Tiafoe game is absolutely insane.
“There are few things in sport quite like The Nick Kyrgios Experience.”
Both players complained to the chair umpire on several occasions, annoyed by spectators in the crowd who were shouting during points and as they prepared to serve.
“I want to go to bed,” Kyrgios said midway through the third set.
He fired a whopping 35 aces and 60 winners overall as he ran away with the third set, wrapping up the match at 1 a.m. local time in Washington DC.
He will next face Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the semi-finals as his quest for a second title in Washington continues.
On the women’s side of the draw, Australia’s Daria Saville continued her solid form with a 6-1 7-5 win over Rebecca Marino to book her place in the semi-finals against sixth seed Kaia Kanepi.
Top-seeded Andrey Rublev won twice on Saturday (AEST) to reach the ATP and WTA Washington Open semifinals, dispatching Americans Maxime Cressy and JJ Wolf in the tune-up. US Open.
The rain imposed double duty on Rublev and several others, but the storms provided everyone with a timely break between games.
He will face the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in the other semi-final.
Originally published as “Absolutely crazy”: Nick Kyrgios impresses with his “absurd” victory at the Washington Open