Tokyo - Nick Kyrgios claimed his third, and biggest, title of the year,
when rallying to beat David Goffin at the Rakuten Japan Open on Sunday.
big-serving Australian won a tight match, in which there were only three
breaks, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
was left to rue five spurned break points in the third game of the second set,
when he had Kyrgios 0-40. Kyrgios held, with the help of three aces, then broke
in the next game.
Kyrgios serve proved crucial, as he fired 21 of his 25 aces in the final two
contrast, Goffin's serve fell apart in the third set, when he double-faulted
Kyrgios served an ace down the middle to take the title.
the first set he was not serving like he did in the second and the third,"
said Goffin. "Then he was serving at 215kph with a lot of precision. I had
to be solid on my serve and wait for my opportunity. I didn't take it.
tried to go big on the second serve because he didn't want to play a lot of
rallies. He knew if he wanted to win he had to serve well, and that's what he
did. That's his best weapon."
plenty of opportunities to seize control of the match. Goffin took only one of
his 12 break points, and Kyrgios two out of 13.
was physically pretty tough, we had a lot of long rallies," said Kyrgios.
"The way I returned today got me a lot of break points. If one of us had
taken more of their break points it would have made it a lot easier for both of
us. There was just a couple of points in it."