Kyrgios beats Harrison to win Brisbane International title

Tricia Pearson
January 8, 2018

Kyrgios cruised to a 6-4 6-2 victory over American Ryan Harris to claim his first title on Australian soil.

If fit, the champion pair will form the core of captain Lleyton Hewitt's team while the likes of John Millman, Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Matt Ebden and even 18-year-old Brisbane International semi-finalist Alex de Minaur pushing to be part of the squad.

Nick Kyrgios will jump up to 17th in the world and will most likely be seeded for the Australian Open after winning the Brisbane International on Sunday, but he says his knee injury could keep him out of his home Grand Slam.

Kyrgios had trouble with his left knee during the tournament, and needed to change the tape on the joint late in the first set of the final.

The top seed broke in the sixth game to win the first set in 30 minutes.

Kyrgios served eight aces in his first three service games, but needed to, as he had to avert two breakpoint chances at 0-1 and three more at 2-3.

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South Africa, which was 3-12 and in similar trouble at the start of the day, battled its way to 286 all out in its first innings. However, De Villiers and Du Plessis came to the rescue with a 114-run partnership, during which De Villiers surpassed his fifty.

"I've got fond memories of Brisbane, played Davis Cup here and had a massive win over the US", Kyrgios said after the win.

The Australian said he wanted to disrupt Dimitrov 's rhythm and be aggressive. The longer the match went, the better I played, the looser I got. "It's good to see the work I was doing in the offseason is paying off".

Kyrgios will be the overwhelming favourite to win his fourth title when he takes on Harrison.

A week later Harrison and Kokkinakis had to be separated by officials during a fiery match, with Harrison reportedly saying "Wawrinka should've decked Kyrgios and I should deck that kid".

It had been a dream run this week for the Spain-based De Minaur, who defeated former world number three Milos Raonic in the second round. I knew it was going to be a tough day today.

However, after saving five break points early in the contest, Kyrgios soon took charge of proceedings and ultimately won easily. After that, he appeared to move more freely and didn't expect it to trouble him at the Australian Open beginning January 15.

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