Nick Kyrgios gets Brisbane title boost ahead of Australian Open
Nick Kyrgios clinched his maiden tour title on home soil in a big confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open, beating Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia holds the trophy with the ball boys and girls after beating Ryan Harrison of the US to win the men's singles final at the Brisbane International tennis tournament at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane
He thrilled the crowd with his delightful touch at the net, while his ability to crank up the pressure with his groundstrokes threw Harrison off his game.
"I've got fond memories of Brisbane, played Davis Cup here and had a massive win over the US," Kyrgios said.
"Coming here all week I felt right at home... I love playing in front of you guys even though sometimes you may not see it that way, but I do."
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Kyrgios became the second Australian to lift the trophy in the tournament's 10-year history after Lleyton Hewitt in 2014.
The triumph lifts him four spots to 17th in the world rankings ahead of this month's Australian Open.
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Kyrgios has often struggled to produce his best tennis at the grand slams, but he goes into the Australian Open having made a strong start to the season, including a semi-final victory over world number three Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane.
The men's field at the first grand slam of the year has already been hit by the withdrawals of five-times runner-up Andy Murray and Japan's former U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori.
The participation of former champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka remains in doubt with the trio battling to overcome injury problems.
The Australian Open begins at Melbourne Park on January 15.