Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Nick Kyrgios gives hope to Grigor Dimitrov, then destroys him — ATP Brisbane

Nick Kyrgios gives hope to Grigor Dimitrov, then destroys him — ATP Brisbane

The third seed combined casual flair with enormous power to beat Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2 at the Brisbane International in an ideal build up to the Australian Open later this month.

It was Dimitrov's show of concern for Edmund that brought the crowd to its feet at Pat Rafter Arena.

"He played a pretty solid first set".

"It feels good. Obviously, it's a confidence boost for me (before the Australian Open)".

"At the end of the day, health above all (matters)".

Goerges won the first set with her seventh ace, having broken serve in the first game. "I've seen this too many times". I was all for basketball and I made the decision to play tennis.

"I thought I was playing well and there was no real need to get mad - it was the first tournament of the year, a new start".

"In the last two games he wasn't at his best. And I was just telling myself, just keep with it and things will steady on".

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Asked if he was concerned about injuring himself as he crossed the net, Dimitrov said it was something he didn't think twice about. "I got pushed by my parents and to this day I can still say I don't love the sport", he said.

"I knew that I had to do something a little bit differently today".

The 22-year-old is still dealing with a knee injury, but seems to have recovered, although he did request a medical time-out during the Brisbane final.

He will take on world No.47 Harrison who ended Australian wildcard Alex de Minaur's giant killing run with a three set semi-final win on Saturday.

The oft-controversial player told media after the match that the last time he watched a Brisbane International final was in 2014 when his mentor Lleyton Hewitt upset top seed Roger Federer 6-1 4-6 6-3 in a surprise win.

"There were a lot of nerves coming into this match".

Harrison hit 14 aces - converted 3-of-3 of his break point chances - saved 3-of-6 of de Minaur's break point opportunities in just over two and a half hours of action. I'm never going to play 25 tournament-plus (in a year) - it's about picking the right tournaments and be invested in the ones I pick.

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