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Nick Kyrgious storms home to Brisbane victory

Nick Kyrgios is the first Australian to reach the final of the Brisbane International since Lleyton Hewitt in 2014.                  Reuters  Patrick Hamilton Nick Kyrgios is the first Australian to reach the final of the Brisbane International since Lleyton Hewitt in 2014. Reuters Patrick Hamilton
Cassandra Gardner | 08 January, 2018, 02:06

Elina Svitolina secured her first WTA title in Australia with a straight-sets victory in the Brisbane International final on Saturday, while Nick Kyrgios moved a step closer to claiming his first ATP title on home soil with a semifinal win over defending champion Grigor Dimitrov.

Nick Kyrgios wins the 2018 Brisbane International in his home country of Australia.

Often guilty of struggling for motivation during the season, the 22-year-old said Davis Cup ties would act as a source of energy this year. "I love the team environment and it's so easy for me to play for other people", Kyrgios said.

Australia has not won a Davis Cup since 2003, although came close past year in a 3-2 semi-final loss to the David Goffin-led Belgium on clay.

Kyrgios reaches the finals in Brisbane, going face to face with young American Ryan Harrison.

Expectations are now high ahead of the Australian Open later this month, but Kyrgios' mind is already wandering beyond that to the first round tie against Germany from February 2-4.

Kyrgios will appear in his seventh overall ATP final and vie for his first title since Tokyo 2016 and fourth of career.

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Yet the Bulgarian looked like extending his unbeaten streak to three matches against Kyrgios at Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday.

After the first set, Kyrgios debated with umpire Fergus Murphy that Harrison should not have been allowed such a long break to go off court, while he waited in his courtside chair.

He slotted seven aces and 15 winners to overwhelm Dimitrov and take the second set in 29 minutes.

The Canberran pounced on his first break point opportunities in a game in which he cracked two forehand passes beyond Harrison, ranked No.47, and forced a volley error.

Kyrgios had two double-faults — against six from Dimitrov — was broken only once and won more than 80 percent of points when he got his first serve into play.

He played down any concerns regarding his strapped left knee on Sunday night, saying he was confident his body was ready for the grind of best-of-five set grand slam tennis in Melbourne.

Harrison then broke de Minaur twice at the start of the decider and although the Australian got one break back he was unable to complete the comeback.

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