Tennis: Kyrgios wins Brisbane International


Brisbane, Jan 7: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios on Sunday won the Brisbane International tennis tournament after beating Ryan Harrison of the United States 6-4, 6-2 to claim his first trophy in 2018.

The Australian champion, ranked World No.21, needed one hour and 13 minutes to defeat his rival, World No.47.

“I felt good all week. I felt right at home,” said Kyrgios, third seed, after his first win in Australia.

Thanking the spectators, he said: “Every time I stepped out here you gave me such great support. I love playing in front of you guys even though sometimes it may not seem that way. But I do. I really appreciate it.”

Kyrgios overpowered Harrison in the same manner as in their previous two clashes — Tokyo 2016 and Madrid 2017 — without conceding any set.

Sunday’s win was the fourth title in the 22-year-old Australian’s short career, after three trophies in 2016 in Tokyo, Atlanta and Marseille.