Nick Kyrgios ousts Rafael Nadal in Cincinnati

Nick Kyrgios ousts Rafael Nadal in Cincinnati

Australia's Nick Kyrgios has defeated incoming world No.1 Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5 to surge into the last four of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.

There were signs of life from Nadal early in the second set but he was soon on the backfoot as Kyrgios broke serve for a 3-2 lead.

Nadal netted a forehand to surrender a break and a 3-2 lead to Kyrgios in the second set.

The match was one of several postponed on Thursday due to rain, forcing players that advanced during Friday's daytime matches to return for an encore in the evening.

Nadal, a 15-time Grand Slam champion who won his 10th French Open title in June, was ensured of overtaking injury-idled Andy Murray and topping the rankings for the first time since July 2014 after Roger Federer withdrew from Cincinnati with a back injury. After an evenly contested first set with little between the pair it was Nadal who claimed the tie-break as Ramos-Vinolas folded and picked up just a solitary point.

"A kid playing Nadal on center court, that's where your best has to come out", Kyrgios said.

Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner also won through to the final four.

Pliskova saved two break points and held in the final game of the first set but Giorgi hit a backhand victor on the only break point of the second set to force a third, which the Czech dominated to advance. Isner hit 25 aces and won 90 percent of his first-serve points. I played some good points.

"The problem for me is trying to bring it on an everyday basis, say, centre court of Lyon with, like, five people against Nicolas Kicker earlier this year, I lost", he said. Pliskova's victory over Wozniacki means world number two Simona Halep is only able to overtake her as world number one if she wins the title. Wimbledon champion Muguruza beat Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 5-7 7-5 and also made a special tribute to victims of the attacks in her country's Catalonia region. So I feel the rhythm. "Even if I would be second coming to the US Open, it's still better than I was previous year".

If Pliskova loses, Halep would become next week's world number one by beating Konta.



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