Kyrgios gallant as Federer returns to No.1
Nick Kyrgios pushes Roger Federer to three sets in tight Mercedes Cup semifinal in Stuttgart.
Nick Kyrgios’ return to singles action after a two month lay-off has ended with a tight three-set loss to Swiss champion Roger Federer in the Stuttgart semifinals.
Federer recorded a hard-fought 6-7(2) 6-2 7-6(5) victory in one hour, 51 minutes. The result propels the 20-time Grand Slam champion back to world No.1, overtaking Rafael Nadal in the top position.
“I’m very relieved because I knew it was a tough match against Nick,” said Federer.
“We’ve played so many breakers and it could have gone either way.”
Kyrgios hit 23 aces in the loss, a positive sign his elbow injury won’t prevent him from being a threat at Wimbledon next month.
Meanwhile in s-Hertogenbosch, the hopes of an all-Australian final were dashed with both Bernard Tomic and Matthew Ebden defeated in the semifinals.
Tomic, a No.181-ranked qualifer playing his first ATP-level semifinal in two years, pushed world No.30 Richard Gasquet to three sets. The Frenchman won 6-4 6-7(6) 6-2.
Ebden also lost to a Frenchman, with Jeremy Chardy posting a 6-4 7-5 win.