Nick Kyrgios claims the experience of winning the Washington Open was “one of the greatest weeks” of his life.
The Australian managed to overcome injury and a disappointing start to beat Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) in Sunday’s final in the American capital.
Having now moved up in the top 30 in the world rankings, Kyrgios was delighted with the victory over the Russian and has admitted the week in DC has been something special. “This is probably my best memory of a final. I left it all on the court,” said Kyrgios.
“I’ve made massive strides. This whole week has been amazing. It’s a week I won’t forget.” Often a controversial figure on the court, Kyrgios has had his critics over the years for his attitude and sometimes failing to live up to his potential.
However, the 24-year-old now feels he’s moving in the right direction and the win in Washington DC proves just that. “In the past six months, it’s crazy to think how much I’ve been able to turn it around,” added Kyrgios.
“I’m working hard to be better as a player and a person. “I lost faith that I could still have weeks like this and be happy. I’ve got to thank [my family] for not losing faith. “I just wanted to clean myself up and have a healthy attitude. I showed what I can do this week.”
Kyrgios is 17.00 to win the Rogers Cup, while Rafael Nadal is the 3.00 favourite to claim the title.