Brisbane International is one of the key tournaments in the run up to Australian Open. This year’s tournament though seemed to have lost its sheen with none of the Fab 4 taking part. In spite of the absence of star players, the draw still contained some very impressive young talent. Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic were the marquee players with Andy Murray withdrawing just a couple of days before the start of tournament.
The defending champion, Grigor Dimitrov, looked a bit rusty in the early rounds. All of this matches went the distance and he had to battle it out in the deciding set. Although he lost a close match to Nick Kyrgios in the semis, the tournament will be remembered for the amazing sportsman spirit he displayed helping his injured opponent Kyle Edmund.
Milos Raonic, the young Canadian sensation, could not make it to the business end of the tournament losing to the little known Australian teenager Alex De Minaur in the second round. Minaur had an impressive run making it to the Semi finals.
Nick Kyrgios is a special player. He has all the tools at his disposal to challenge the creme de la creme of tennis. His talent was never in doubt but he had a rather ordinary 2017 with no titles to his credit. Its been a long time since there was a top class tennis player from Australia. Bernard Tomic promised much but is yet to make an impression on the big stage. Kyrgios had to battle it out in the quarterfinals against the big hitting Dolgopolov. He came through 6-4 in the third and had to face the in form Grigor Dimitrov in the semis. The match lived up to the expectations and Kyrgios again came through 6-4 in the third.
Ryan Harrison on the other hand edged out Minaur in the semi finals, there by ending any hopes of an all Australian final. The final was a good match up between Kyrgios and Harrison. The Australian’s big serve and booming forehand though, proved the difference with Kyrgios blasting down 17 aces and 34 winners in his straight sets victory. Its the first title on home soil for Kyrgios and his first on the tour after Tokyo 2016. He became the second Australian after Lleyton Hewitt to lift the trophy in Brisbane. The Australian tennis fans will hope that this is just the start of good things for the big man.
Trivia :Nick Kyrgios defeated the big three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) in his very first attempt on the professional tour. Very impressive 🙂