Shocking! Nadal stunned by Kyrgios in Cincinnati Open quarters

Lynette Rowe
August 19, 2017

Australia's Nick Kyrgios blasted new world No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 Friday, winning twice in one day to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi-finals.

Earlier, Kyrgios defeated Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 and Nadal downed compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.

Kyrgios raced to a 4-0 lead thanks to a double-break in the first set, rattling victor after winner past Nadal.

Nadal would break for 5-5 in the second set, getting the pro-Nadal Cincinnati crowd on their feet in an attempt to will the former champion to victory.

Forced to dig deep, Kyrgios worked his way to parity on serve, prompting deep, guttural shouts as the Australian psyched himself up.

He took the first set in 25 minutes, dropping only three points on his serve, then broke Nadal in the fifth game of the second set.

Pliskova, fighting to hold off Romania's Simona Halep at the top of the rankings, first ousted Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in one of five matches postponed from due to rain.

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Even when somewhat careless - as when he dished up a weak volley up at the net - Kyrgios still had some flair left in the tank to sneak a cheeky volleyed victor when Nadal looked set to smash home a winning forehand.

"A kid playing Nadal on centre court, that's where your best has to come out", Kyrgios said.

But there would be no retreating into his shell this time, as Kyrgios threw down the gauntlet with a lightning quick forehand victor which tickled the tramline, en route to breaking Nadal to love.

Nick Kyrgios moves into the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open for the first time in his career with a 6-2, 7-5 upset of top-seed Rafael Nadal.

Following the win, the Canberran paid tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attacks, signing a camera with the word "Barcelona" and a love heart.

Kyrgios, ranked 23rd, faces Spain's David Ferrer for a finals berth.

On the other side of the draw, red-hot American John Isner beat countryman Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4) 7-5 to set up a semi-final against seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who sailed past Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-2 6-1.

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