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Brisbane champ Kyrgios: injury no issue

Brisbane champ Kyrgios: injury no issue

"I felt right at home", said Kyrgios, third seed, after his first win in Australia. "I hope I can keep serving like that tomorrow".

Kyrgios held his ground and struck back at the first chance he got with a pair of forehand shots delivering a critical break before an ace settled the first set within 37 minutes. He thrilled the crowd with his delightful touch at the net, while his ability to crank up the pressure with his groundstrokes threw Harrison off his game. "Imagine how I feel". "I love playing in front of you guys even though sometimes you may not see it that way, but I do".

2018 Brisbane International champion Kyrgios lost to rising German Alexander Zverev at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney before he teamed up with fellow compatriot Lleyton Hewitt to beat Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov in the final match of the exhibition. It was a fourth title for the enigmatic 22-year-old Australian, and his first since 2016.

The serve of Kyrgios proved a particularly potent weapon on Sunday as he sent down 17 aces - including two in succession to finish the match - and dropped only two service points in a one-sided second set.

Nick Kyrgios in the championship match at the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason Ohio.

Ryan Harrison lunges for a forehand during his finals loss in Brisbane
Ryan Harrison lunges for a forehand during his finals loss in Brisbane

But victory improves his world ranking to No 17, and earned Kyrgios his seventh ATP title and his first in his home country. That rule should be changed ... it's getting worse, " Kyrgios told Armstrong.

Injury-prone Kyrgios was plagued by a knee injury during the Brisbane tournament and again played with strapping on Monday, though he insisted it did not pose any problems.

"I'm pretty happy with my performance today; he came out firing early".

Should that good fortune continue, the priority will be ensuring his often-combustible mindset does not undo him as it did in last year's Australian Open second-round exit, when the Canberra native's composure and intensity unravelled to squander a two-set lead to Italian Andreas Seppi.

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