Nick Kyrgios saves 5 match points to win late-night quarterfinal thriller in Washington, D.C.

Kyrgios’ late-night battle against Tiafoe wasn’t even his first match of the day—he had to complete a rain-suspended 7-6 (1), 6-2 third-round victory over American Reilly Opelka earlier in the day, which had been stopped the day before at a set and 2-1.

The Australian has now reached the semifinals or better at five of his last six tournaments, a stretch that dates back to the start of the clay-court season in April.

KYRGIOS’ RESULTS IN 2022:
~ 2nd Rd of Australian Open (l. to Medvedev, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2)
~ QFs of Indian Wells (l. to Nadal, 7-6 (0), 5-7, 6-4)
~ 4th Rd of Miami (l. to Sinner, 7-6 (3), 6-3)
~ SFs of Houston (l. to Opelka, 6-3, 7-5)
~ SFs of Stuttgart (l. to Murray, 7-6 (5), 6-2)
~ SFs of Halle (l. to Hurkacz, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4))
~ 2nd Rd of Mallorca (w/o to Bautista Agut w/abdominal injury)
~ F at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3))
~ SFs of Washington, D.C. (playing Ymer next)

Kyrgios was ranked No. 94 going into Houston, before this run of of five semifinals in six tournaments, and he was No. 63 coming into Washington, D.C.—he’s currently up to No. 50 on the ATP live rankings after reaching the semifinals, would be just outside the Top 40 by reaching the final and just inside the Top 40 should he go on to win the title.

But before looking too far ahead, he’ll face Mikael Ymer in the semifinals on Saturday, a first-time meeting against the No. 115-ranked Swede.

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