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Nick Kyrgious storms home to Brisbane victory

Nick Kyrgious storms home to Brisbane victory

Nick Kyrgios dropped his serve twice in the first set but rebounded to reach the Brisbane International semi-finals with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over former finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov on Friday.

He'll play Ryan Harrison, who led 7-6 (6), 4-2 when Denis Istomin retired from their quarter-final match with a hip strain.

A forehand error by Dimitrov gifted Kyrgios the break in the seventh game of the third and the Australian didn't look back.

Kyrgios was denied by tour supervisor Gerry Armstrong a chance in the first set to have a medical time-out for treatment on the left knee which he has had taped for all four matches he played this week.

Often guilty of struggling for motivation during the season, the 22-year-old said Davis Cup ties would act as a source of energy this year.

"I've obviously got one eye on it ... and right now is the ideal time for us to win it".

Elina Svitolina secured her first WTA title in Australia with a straight-sets victory in the Brisbane International final on Saturday, while Nick Kyrgios moved a step closer to claiming his first ATP title on home soil with a semifinal win over defending champion Grigor Dimitrov. "I love playing in front of you guys (Brisbane spectators) even though sometimes it might not seem like I do", said Kyrgios, who said he liked the idea of being on the Brisbane champions list with Lleyton Hewitt, the 2014 victor.

"I played 11 sets (in the tournament) and feel good". After that, he appeared to move more freely and didn't expect it to trouble him at the Australian Open beginning January 15. Kyrgios is hoping to improve on that after a confidence-boosting performance in Brisbane. "I hadn't beaten him before (so) going into today, I knew that I was going to do something a little different", Kyrgios said.

At one stage in the first set he quizzed a match official after not being allowed a medical time-out to re-strap his knee, hypothetically raising the notion that further injury could keep him out of the Australian Open. "It's good to see the work I was doing in the offseason is paying off".

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