Nick Kyrgios wins ATP title in Australia for first time

Nick Kyrgios nursing an injured knee

"It would be really good (to win a home title)".

Nick Kyrgios has claimed the men's Brisbane International title with a comprehensive victory over American Ryan Harrison in the final, boosting his hopes for a successful Australian Open campaign.

Twice Kyrgios thrilled the crowd with delightful touch at the net, while he used angles from the baseline and the occasional flat forehand to throw the 47th-ranked Harrison off his game. "I love the team environment and it's so easy for me to play for other people", Kyrgios said.

After his first win in three head-to-heads with Dimitrov, Krygios is confident.

Kyrgios staved off five break points in the first set, including three in his third service game as the American Harrison made a terrific fist of dealing with the booming delivery of his opponent.

Kyrgios said: "He's definitely one of the best players in the world at the moment, he had a great end to a year ago and played remarkably". "There was pressure on me today because I was the favorite and most people expected me to win, so I was proud of the way I handled that expectation and pressure".

Nick Kyrgios of Australia has his knee strapped in the first set of the Men's final against Ryan Harrison
Nick Kyrgios of Australia has his knee strapped in the first set of the Men's final against Ryan Harrison

Kyrgios is the first Australian into the Brisbane International final since Lleyton Hewitt won the 2014 crown when he beat Roger Federer.

Harrison was broken while trying to serve out the match at 5-2 but recovered and held to love to reach only his third ATP Tour final, all of which have come since February a year ago.

"Even if I had lost the first round here, I would probably still feel good next week, going into next week", he said."But obviously, just playing a lot of matches, that's confidence for any player".

De Minaur, who defeated former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic in the second round, was two points from another upset when he led 5-3 in the second-set tiebreaker.

Harrison was scheduled to partner Dimitrov in a doubles semifinal later Saturday but withdrew from the match, giving top-seeded John Peers and Henri Kontinen a spot in the final.

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