Kyrgios gets past Isner to make final in Mexico
NICK Kyrgios is nothing if not an entertainer and he has delivered on and off the court in his Acapulco semi-final against John Isner.
Kyrgios prevailed 7-5 5-7 7-6 (9-7) over the big-serving American as the pair pounded down 49 aces between them, with 25 to Kyrgios.
After such a match you might think Kyrgios would go into a respectful tone post-match, instead he poked fun at fellow lumbering big man Isner.
"It was an amazing match. I was pumped to play John because I knew I wouldn't need to run much," Kyrgios said.
Kyrgios, who has been battling against the crowd all week, was again booed heavily against Isner.
When he walked on to court he got a mixed reaction but when he was announced during the warm-up he was jeered.
It seemed to fuel his fire.
And when at five-all and a break point up in the opening set against Isner - a Rafael Nadal fan said something to Kyrgios and he responded with a brutal sledge of his own.
"Where are the Rafa fans at? Hey Rafa fans, where you at? Let's get a flight to Indian Wells," he said.
Then he immediately broke Isner to take a 6-5 lead and held to take the first set 7-5, defiantly striding to his chair with his thumb up as he stared down the packed arena.
If the first set belonged to Kyrgios, the second was all Isner.
The American constantly made inroads on the Aussie's serve and broke to take it 7-5 as he fought back to a set apiece with some heavy groundstrokes taking their toll on the Aussie.
The third set though was all firepower from both players.
They traded easy service game wins. Neither faced a break point and Isner hit 10 of his 24 aces for the match in that set.
He appeared to be the man set to win but Kyrgios dug deep.
He got lucky with a shanked backhand return to take a mini-break and a 3-1 lead but Isner fought back and levelled with a mini-break of his own to make it 3-4.
Kyrgios the went behind on serve but roared back with some big serving for a 6-5 lead, but on match point he went passive and Isner saved it.
Finally at 8-7 up Kyrgios managed to get into the point on the Isner serve and delivered some heavy blows before digging out a backhand to short in the court for a winner and the match.
Kyrgios will play Alexander Zverev. It will be the Australian's eighth ATP Tour final.
Germany's Zverev advanced with a straight sets win over Briton Cameron Norrie 7-6 (7-0) 6-3.