Kyrgios rips Nadal to reach semi-finals, Pliskova takes two
Cincinnati: Australia's Nick Kyrgios humbled new world number one Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5, winning twice in one day to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi- finals.
On a day when Karolina Pliskova won twice in one day for the third time this season to tighten her grip on the world number one ranking, Kyrgios stole the show by overpowering the 15-time Grand Slam champion after each had won earlier.
The 22-year-old from Canberra was up a double break in 10 minutes, seizing the chance to make a between-the-legs showoff shot on his way to a 4-0 lead, drawing boos from the crowd.
Kyrgios, ranked 23rd, took the first set in 25 minutes, dropping only three points on his serve while taking seven- of-eight points off the 31-year-old Spaniard's second serves.
Nadal netted a forehand to surrender a break and a 3-2 lead to Kyrgios in the second set. The Aussie served for the match in the 10th game but double faulted on his third match point and Nadal had new life. screaming, "Come On." Kyrgios broke again to lead 6-5 and ended matters with his 10th ace after 80 minutes, improving to 2-2 against Nadal and booking a semi-final against Spain's David Ferrer. Nadal took only 6-of-20 second serve points and won only five off the Aussie's first serve.