ATP Roundup: Kyrgios trumps Tsitsipas in Washington thriller, Flawless Thiem claims home triumph in Kitzbuhel

Nick Kyrgios saved a match point in a third-set tie-break to see off Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 3-6 7-6 (9-7) in a Washington thriller, while Generali Open champion Dominic Thiem did not drop a set as he claimed his first title in Austria, beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

ATP Roundup: Kyrgios trumps Tsitsipas in Washington thriller, Flawless Thiem claims home triumph in Kitzbuhel

Nick Kyrgios put on a show as he prevailed against top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in an entertaining ATP Citi Open semifinal. Kyrgios saved a match point in a third-set tie-break to see off Greek star Tsitsipas 6-4 3-6 7-6 (9-7) in a Washington thriller on Saturday.

Much was expected from the blockbuster meeting and it lived up to the hype – Kyrgios producing underarm serves and even consulting a fan on match point as he booked a spot in the final.

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Kyrgios, who led 5-1 in the final-set tie-break, even delivered shoes to Tsitsipas in the wildly entertaining contest in front of a sell-out crowd after the world number six struggled to find a spare pair.

Seeking his sixth career ATP title and second of the year, Kyrgios improved to 4-1 against top-10 players this season – the best record on tour in 2019.

Kyrgios, who won the Mexican Open in March, will face third seed Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's decider in the American capital. Medvedev eased past lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk 6-2 6-2 as the Russian reached his eighth ATP final, with a fifth title up for grabs.

- Thiem beats Albert Ramos-Vinolas to claim triumph on home soil -

Dominic Thiem claimed his first title in his homeland of Austria with a straight-sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Generali Open final.

Thiem crashed out in the first round of Wimbledon last month and could only reach the quarterfinals back on the clay at the German Tennis Championships last week.

 

However, he has rediscovered his best form on his most successful surface, not dropping a set on the red dirt en route to the final. And he was similarly dominant in Saturday's showpiece, giving the fans in Kitzbuhel a home champion with a 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 victory over Ramos-Vinolas.

It marks the 10th clay title of his career and atones for the disappointment of losing in this same tournament in his first career final against David Goffin back in 2014.

Thiem saved five break points to hold in the fourth game of the opening set but was never threatened again, dominating the tie-break after two interruptions due to rain.

Ramos-Vinolas faded badly thereafter, Thiem wrapping up the second set in short order to ensure he will head to the North American hard courts with a third title of 2019 in the bag.

- Schwartzman seals Los Cabos crown -

Diego Schwartzman claimed his first ATP title of the year by prevailing against Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the Los Cabos Open final.

Schwartzman – the third seed – produced when it mattered most as he saw off Fritz 7-6(6), 6-3 in Los Cabos on Saturday.

The Argentine saved three set points as he stopped fifth seed Fritz for his third career trophy and first since February last year.

Diego Schwartzman got past Taylor Fritz to clinch the Los Cabos Open on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

 

Fritz – who has won 13 of his past 16 matches – was contesting his second final in as many weeks after reaching the decider in Atlanta and he earned a 4-1 lead in the first set.

Schwartzman rallied to level it at 4-4 before Fritz brought up a triple set point at 6-5 on the former's serve. However, Schwartzman reeled off five successive points to force a tie-break, which he won on the Mexican hard-courts.

He broke in the fourth game of the second and after handing it back to Fritz, he broke again for a 5-3 lead before serving it out for his maiden victory away from clay.