After an almost identical match to what we saw in the first semi-final, Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 7-6 in 2 hours and 4 minutes for his 5th ATP final, the first at the Masters 1000 level! Since Grigor Dimitrov won the first semis, this will be the first Masters 1000 final since Toronto 2002 with two newcomers in the title matches, which is not a bad thing in this mediocre season so far.
Nick and David only played once before, at the US Open 2013 when the Aussie was 18, and David won that one easily. It was a much tighter encounter today, both saving 3 break points to keep their serve intact, and it was Nick who got the upper hand in both tie breaks to advance to the final.
With these points, Kyrgios will return to the Top 20 but if he wins the title he will be ranked 12th on Monday, which will be his career-high ranking. The Aussie came to Cincinnati with a poor 21-11 score in 2017 so far, losing before the quarterfinal in every tournament after Miami and struggling with hip injury, being forced to retire in the first round at Queen's, Wimbledon and Washington.
Nick fired 14 aces and his first serve worked like a charm (43 from 48 points won), but on the other hand, Ferrer kept his second serve better and nothing could separate them in the end, with Kyrgios winning just 3 points more than his rival.
Overall, it was a very solid match, Kyrgios had 36 winners and 30 unforced errors while Ferrer stayed on a 29-22 ratio, hitting well from both forehand and backhand. Nick's serve made the biggest difference in the end, giving him a big advantage in the shortest points up to 4 strokes, and Ferrer couldn't annul that in the longer rallies where he was the dominant figure.
There were no break points in the first set and the Aussie grabbed it with 3 mini-breaks in the tie break, winning it 7-3. He moved 3-1 in front after a costly double fault from David and won the next point as well when Spaniard had to hit a forced error.
The set was sealed after a nice serve&forehand combo and this gave Nick a solid advantage before the rest of the match. The second set brought more chances for the returners, and it was David who faced the first problems on serve in game 4, having to play against 2 break points.
He fends off the first with a service winner and the second after a 14-stroke rally, bringing the game home with 2 more winners. Right after that, he had a colossal chance to break Nick and move in front, with 3 break points up for grab in game 6.
Kyrgios saved the first with a booming serve and the next 2 with fine drop shots that stayed out of David's reach, leveling the score at 3-3 with 2 winners. In the 10th game, Ferrer saved a match point with a service winner and they set up another tie break, a must-win one for the Spaniard.
The great return gave Nick a 2-0 lead and that was all he needed to stay in front, as he served really well when it mattered the most. The match was over after another mini-break in the 11th point when David sent the backhand long and Kyrgios could start to celebrate his biggest final in a career so far.