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Kyrgios Solid On Serve In Goffin Win

Australian Nick Kyrgios recorded just his second victory at the Western & Southern Open in beating ninth seed David Goffin of Belgium 6-2, 6-3 on a hot Tuesday in Cincinnati.

“Obviously, seeing David Goffin in the first round was a bit of a surprise to me," said Kyrgios. "I think we both played each other in the [Tokyo, Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships] final not too long ago [in October 2016]. I knew it was going to be very tough. He obviously wasn't at 100 per cent today, but you know I'm not at 100 per cent either so it was a bit of a battle. But I served well at crucial moments. I'm feeling okay. I think as long as I can keep putting in performances like these and being able to compete I think I'm okay."

Nick Kyrgios needed 66 minutes to beat ninth seed David Goffin on Tuesday in Cincinnati.
After recovering from a 0/40 deficit in the first game of the match, Kyrgios experienced few problems on serve and secured three breaks against Goffin, who took a medical time out for a knee injury during the pair’s third meeting. Kyrgios now leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 3-0 and goes onto face qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round.

Dolgopolov withstood 24 aces from former World No. 10 Kevin Anderson, the recent Citi Open finalist (l. to A. Zverev), in a 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over one hour and 34 minutes. Dolgopolov, with a 3-5 record in ATP World Tour finals (1-1 this year), lost just two of his first service points.

Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas will play No. 16 seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the second round after he beat qualifier Mikhail Youzhny, the 2005 quarter-finalist (l. to Roddick), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/kyrgios-tsonga-goffin-cincinnati-2017-tuesday

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