"He was a nightmare to play, especially because I'm a tall guy and he's not the tallest guy," Kyrgios told reporters. "It's a tough matchup for me. I thought today I didn't play my best tennis. "In the tie-breaks I served well, but I definitely didn't bring my best tennis today. "I'm just really proud that I managed to scrap out the win."
? Kyrgios@NickKyrgios is through to the BIGGEST final of his career, topping former finalist Ferrer 7-6(3) 7-6(3). #CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/U3LByUcdFlAugust 20, 2017
?? @NickKyrgios hits 14 aces to d. Ferrer 7-6(3), 7-6(4), reach his 1st #ATPMasters1000 final @CincyTennis. More: https://t.co/D3emPBm7Zl pic.twitter.com/EebOXj04ZP — ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) August 20, 2017Seventh seed Dimitrov needed almost two hours to book his place in Sunday's final. The world number 11 had his work cut out against big-serving Isner, with neither player dropping serve in a match where break opportunities were few and far between. Isner had two break point chances, Dimitrov only one.
Dimitrov saved a set point in the second set tiebreak, before putting away the dogged American to reach his first Masters 1000 final. "I think it's a good step, Dimitrov said. "It's a good step. I have been on the tour for quite some time now, and I appreciate those moments. "I'm starting to appreciate them even more."
Great Grigor@GrigorDimitrov powers past Isner 7-6(4) 7-6(10) to reach his 1st ATP Masters1000 final. Awaits Kyrgios-Ferrer.#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/LvncRG7yAy— W&S Open (@CincyTennis) August 19, 2017
The final stage is set! ? @NickKyrgios v @GrigorDimitrov: Who do YOU think will take home the @CincyTennis ?? Vote: https://t.co/kJkAlgcQuB pic.twitter.com/S01BV0P52a — ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) August 20, 2017
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