Nick Kyrgios captures first ATP title in dominating fashion

By The Sports Xchange   |   Feb. 21, 2016 at 4:53 PM
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Nick Kyrgios captured his first career ATP World Tour title with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over No. 4 seed Marin Cilic in Marseille on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Australian, often a lightning rod for critics with his outspoken personality and on-court behavior, did not lose a set in the tournament and didn't have his serve broken in 47 games. Kyrgios entered the tournament ranked 41st in the world, but will rise after beating Top 10 players in consecutive matches to win his first title in his second appearance in an ATP final.

"I played my first final last year and was looking for my first title," said Kyrgios. "But I didn't really expect to win this title this week after having a couple of weeks off. But from the first round I started playing really well and just gained confidence as I kept winning matches."

Kyrgios, playing in only his second tournament of the season after reaching the third round of the Australian Open last month, needed just 87 minutes to beat Cilic in the final.

"I think I served really, really well again," said Kyrgios. "I was serving really well all week. I didn't get broken once. That was the main thing that was good. And I was able to put pressure on my opponents' serves a lot when I was going through my service games really quickly."

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