Kyrgios ends 3-year title drought
Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios ended a three-year title drought by claiming the trophy at the site of his last triumph, saving the only break point he faced in the Citi Open final Sunday in Washington along the way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Yoshihito Nishioka. Kyrgios’ seventh career tour-level championship came where his sixth did in 2019 — on the hard courts of the U.S. Open tuneup. Earlier Sunday, Liudmila Samsonova won her second career WTA title by coming back to beat sixth-seeded Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the women’s final. As usual when Kyrgios is on his game, the serve led the way for the 27-year-old Australian: He hit 12 aces and won 22 of 25 first-serve points. He won all nine of his service games against Nishioka, making him 64-for64 in the tournament, wrapping up the week by saving all 10 of his opponents’ break points. The only one Kyrgios had to deal with Sunday came at 3-2 in the first set, and Kyrgios dismissed it via a volley winner. At the other end, Kyrgios managed to break Japan’s Nishioka, who’s ranked 96th, three times.