Australia's Nick Kyrgios blasted new world number one Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 on Friday, winning twice in one day to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. "It's obvious that was an important start for me, a good one, Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play." said Nadal after the victory. I fought so hard.
Pliskova saved two break points and held in the final game of the first set but Giorgi hit a backhand victor on the only break point of the second set to force a third, which the Czech dominated to advance.
Pliskova's two-in-one effort, matching feats on her way to Eastbourne and Doha titles, means Halep must capture the crown to swipe the top spot in Monday's rankings. Halep was set to face Britain's seventh-ranked Johanna Konta in a later quarter-final.
Following his victory over soon-to-be world number one, Nadal, Kyrgios referred to a testing few months involving personal issues.
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But Kyrgios broke again to lead 6-5, and this time end matters with his 10th ace after 80 minutes, improving to 2-2 all-time against Nadal and booking a semi-final against Spain's David Ferrer.
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"The problem for me is trying to bring it on an everyday basis, say, centre court of Lyon with, like, five people against Nicolas Kicker earlier this year, I lost", he said.
With Nadal out, this will be the first time since 2012 that neither Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray made it to the semifinal of a Masters 1000 event.
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Nadal was somewhat rusty in beating fellow countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (1) 6-2 earlier in the day but few would have expected his result against Kyrgios.
That was despite taking a moment to have a little dance during the tie-break.
Bulgaria's 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov plays American John Isner in Saturday's other semi-final.
Czech Lucie Safarova will pass her injured United States partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, for world doubles number one on Monday after she and fill-in teammate Barbora Strycova advanced to the semi-finals.
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