Cape Town - Nick Kyrgios hailed "a week to
remember" after playing the tournament of his life to win
the Washington Open, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Not too many people fancied the Australian at the start of the week
as he has a tendency to blow hot and cold, but he produced the goods
from start to finish as he upset 11th seed Gilles Simon in the second
round and then stunned top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.
Third seed Medvedev stood between Kyrgios and a sixth ATP Tour title
in Sunday’s final and the Russian was beaten 7-6 (7-6), 7-6 (7-4) in one
hour and 35 minutes.
It was a hard-fought win as there were no breaks of serve in either set and Kyrgios edged both tie-breakers.
"This has honestly been one of my favourite weeks of my life. I've
made massive strides," he said.
"I started becoming friends with the
smoothie guy, he knew what smoothie I wanted. I was playing ping pong
with some kids before I'm playing. You guys were amazing. It was
honestly a week to remember.
"I've had people behind me, backing me, and they never lost faith in
me even when I lost faith in myself. This week means a lot. It's great
to get the win, but I've proved to myself and the people backing me that
I can still produce at the highest level."