Nick Kyrgios had never won a match in Washington before this year's Citi Open. In 2018 the Australian had withdrawn while in 2017 he had retired during his first round match. Speaking after his final win over Daniil Medvedev, the Australian said: "I think two years ago I lost to Tennys Sandgren.
I think I pulled out maybe? I'm not even sure. And I didn't give the people a good show. I was very disrespectful. And two years on, I come here and I put in a [week's] performance. You know, I came here for five, six days and competed every day and left it all out there.
And to walk away as a champion is pretty special. This is probably my most memorable title, honestly, so far. I mean ... it's night and day from two years ago for sure." Kyrgios did not expect to go all the way in Washington: "I haven't played many matches this last couple months", he admitted.
"Especially just looking back on some of the places I've been the last six months, it's crazy to think how much I've turned it around. And I've just been working really hard, on and off the court, to try and be better as a person and as a tennis player.
And as I said, I wasn't exaggerating. This has been one of the best weeks of my life, not just on the court but in general. I feel like I've made major strides. And I'm just going to take it one day at a time and hopefully I can continue on this new path. I just felt like—actually like a traditional tennis player this week,"