Mon, Aug 21, 11:20am by Staff Writer
World No. 23 Nick Kyrgios will enter next week’s US Open will plenty of confidence, after beating World No.1 Rafael Nadal on his way to the Cincinnati Masters final.
While the Aussie came up short of winning the biggest title of his career, losing the final 6-3 7-5 to World No.11 Grigor Dimitrov, he’s firmed into $15 to win the US Open, which starts next week in New York.
Kyrgios’ run to the final sees his ranking improve from 23 to 18, but a win in Cinicinatti would have ensured he was the first Aussie since Lleyton Hewitt in 2003, to win a Masters title.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov made the most of his opponent’s errors, taking a decisive break in the second set at 5-5, when the Canberra-native produced three double faults.
It was the Aussie who started the match better, he had the first break point of the highest-level ATP final ever contested between two players born in the 1990s, but after the 22-year old missed a forehand, Dimitrov only needed one chance to break him in the very next game.
Dimitrov held that advantage in the opening set, which led to his tour-best 24th hardcourt match victory of the year.
As you’d expect, the Bulgarian is among the favourites to win at Flushing Meadows, starting next week, but interestingly, he’s at higher odds than Kyrgios, at $21.
Andy Murray is at $9 to salute in New York for the first time since 2012, alongside Alexander Zverev. The 20-year-old German lost his opening match in Cincinnati, but having won ATP events in both Washington and Montreal in the lead-up to the hard-court major, he’s one to watch next week.
R Federer $2.50
R Nadal $3.50
A Murray $9
A Zverev $9
N Kyrgios $15
M Cilic $17
M Raonic $21
G Dimitrov $21
JM Del Potro $21
D Thiem $21
G Monfils $67
T Berdych $67
J Isner $67
J-W Tsonga $67
J Sock $81
S Querrey $101
D Goffin $101
R Bautista-Agut $101
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