Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas met for the first time in Washington 2019. The doubles partners turned it into an absolute cracker, with Kurgios fending off a match point in a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 victory in two hours and seven minutes.
The Aussie advanced to his ninth ATP final after winning the same number of points as the top seed and prevailing in that thrilling tie break. As was expected, the encounter turned out to be a showdown, with Kyrgios' regular tantrums with the crowd and chair umpire.
On the other hand, Tsitsipas had troubles with his shoe on several occasions, and they stayed neck and neck once Stefanos found the rhythm in set number two after being outplayed in the first 12 games. In the constellation seen once in ten or 15 years, they both served at 64% and won the exact number of points behind the first and second serve.
The only difference was break chances, where Kyrgios saved six out of eight.
Nick Kyrgios saved a match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Washington 2019.
Tsitsipas fended off one of three break points to set up that deciding tie break with all elements of drama and excitement.
Nick was a better player in the opening set, dropping three points behind the initial shot and securing a break in game three with a booming forehand winner. Keeping the points on his racquet, the Aussie closed the set with a stunning smash winner in game ten for 6-4 after 31 minutes.
With momentum on his side, Nick broke again at the beginning of the second set. The victory was clearly within his sight after holding in game two. The Aussie allowed the crowd to break his rhythm with small gestures, taking the thunder out of him and making him act like the world's worst person.
It was a painful situation for his opponent, the chair umpire and the mentioned crowd that swiftly turned to the Greek's side. Stefanos broke back in game four after Nick's double fault, delivered another return game at 3-2 and secured the set with a service winner at 5-3 that sent them into a decider.
There, Kyrgios fired two winners to repel break chances at 2-2, staying in touch and securing the tie break after a tight hold at 5-5. Nick raced into a 5-1 lead in the breaker, only to drop the following five points. He hit a double fault at 5-3 and allowed Stefanos to create a match point with two winners.
Kyrgios found a perfect serve to erase it and converted the second match point at 8-7 with a forehand winner that kept him on the title course.