Aussie pair reach Brisbane semi-finals


Nick Kyrgios has won an ATP title on home soil for the first time with a commanding 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ryan Harrison at the Brisbane International on Sunday.

He will take on world No.47 Harrison who ended Australian wildcard Alex de Minaur's giant killing run with a three set semi-final win on Saturday.

Kyrgios looked out of sorts to drop the first set to world number three Dimitrov but he roared back to win the next two and claim a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph on Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday afternoon.

A forehand error by Dimitrov gifted Kyrgios the break in the seventh game of the third and the Australian didn't look back. "Coming here all week I felt right at home".

The 22-year-old has reached seven other tour finals, all of which have been played overseas. Kyrgios became the second Australian to lift the trophy in the tournament's 10-year history after Lleyton Hewitt in 2014. The participation of former champions Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka remains in doubt with the trio battling to overcome injury problems.

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Kyrgios clarified after the match that it was simply "professional curiosity" that led to that conversation, dousing any suggestion that the injury could derail his Melbourne campaign as he confirmed his attendance at Monday's Fast4 exhibition tournament in Sydney. "There was pressure on me today because I was the favorite and most people expected me to win, so I was proud of the way I handled that expectation and pressure". "I love playing in front of you guys (Brisbane spectators) even though sometimes it might not seem like I do", said Kyrgios, who said he liked the idea of being on the Brisbane champions list with Lleyton Hewitt, the 2014 victor.

Kyrgios served superbly in the second and third sets, winning over 80 percent of points on his first serve and facing just one break point. After that, he appeared to move more freely and didn't expect it to trouble him at the Australian Open.

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.

"I'm confident but I know he (Harrison) will be a unsafe opponent". "It's good to see the work I was doing in the offseason is paying off".