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Nick Kyrgios wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Halle Thriller | ATP Tour

Nick Kyrgios finds his range on the grass at the Terra Wortmann Open.

The Australian battled through first-set disappointment to oust second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win at the ATP 500 event in Halle on Wednesday afternoon.

After a solid second set to tie the match, the world number 65 picked up a crucial break at the end of the deciding set to secure a place in the quarter-finals on his tournament debut. Tsitsipas’ 39 winners (including 18 aces) but remained determined to claim victory in the two-hour, five-minute encounter and pick up his biggest victory by Pepperstone ATP Ranking since beating the same opponent at the 2020 ATP Cup.

“Stef is one of the best players in the world right now and he’s going to have amazing results and I’m sure many, many Grand Slams,” Kyrgios said after the game. “I don’t know if I can say it’s the same for me, but I’m happy to still be able to produce this level with the tournaments I play, it’s proof that I work hard when I’m not playing.

“I’m just super excited to move on, I want to keep having these big wins on the best courts in the world.”

The win propels Kyrgios to 52nd in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. With one more win in Halle, he is set to return to the World Top 50 for the first time since March 2021.

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Kyrgios followed up his semi-final in Stuttgart last week with an impressive first-round win over local favorite Daniel Altmaier in Halle. quality first set to test Kyrgios’ determination.

A tight start saw just five points earned against serve in the first nine games, before Tsitsipas raised his level to put some pressure on Kyrgios’ delivery. the persistence paid off in the 12th game as he converted his sixth set point to go forward.

Kyrgios immediately bounced back from falling behind, frequently demonstrating his unique shooting ability. A few raspy flat forehands put the crowd on their feet as Kyrgios broke twice to send up an intriguing battle in a deciding set.

Both players continued to hit the ball cleanly as neither Tsitsipas in the fifth game nor Kyrgios in the sixth gave in to pressure from two break points. winners from anywhere all over the court helping him to a crucial break for 5-4 before he served at love.

Kyrgios will next face Pablo Carreno Busta, having beaten Sebastian Korda 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 earlier on Wednesday.

“I’m excited,” Kyrgios said when asked to face the No.19-ranked Spaniard. “He’s a hell of a player and he can play on all surfaces. So I’ll try to see what I can do, make some comebacks and serve big, and see how it goes.

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