has been playing the best tennis of his life over the past two months after opening up earlier this year about his struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
According to the ATP website, Kyrgios acknowledged after the final that “it’s simply incredibly emotional for me.” “It’s amazing to see the difference between where I was and where I am today from a year ago. I just left with lots of enthusiasm.
I was confident that experience would work in my favor today. I’ve had so many successful matches on this court, and I adore it, so I just feel really good about myself. I have traveled to some very gloomy areas. just to be able to reverse it.
There are so many people who have contributed to my success, but I have also had to rely on my own resolve to keep going despite obstacles and triumph in competitions like this one.”
Nishioka was defeated by Kyrgios in straight sets.
As the overwhelming favorite going into the Washington final, Kyrgios gave Nishioka little chance. After breaking Nishioka in the very first game of the match, Kyrgios quickly secured the first break of the match.
After breaking Nishioka, Kyrgios maintained his service for the remainder of the opening set to win it. In the opening game of the second set, Kyrgios broke Nishioka just as he had done to begin the first. When Nishioka was serving to stay in the match in the ninth game, Kyrgios earned his third break to complete a straight-set victory. Kyrgios will now compete at the Montreal Masters, where his opening-round opponent will be Sebastian Baez.