It was a day of firsts at the Cincinnati Masters on Saturday as both Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov both reached their first ATP Masters 1000 final with semi-final victories.
Australia’s Kyrgios continued his great run of form, beating veteran Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6(3), 7-6(4) to add to the scalp of Rafael Nadal from the quarter-final.
Kyrgios was made to work hard in the first set by the 35-year old Ferrer, but eventually prevailed in the tiebreaker after Ferrer slipped up with a double fault.
The younger player then earned three break points in the second set, but failed to convert them as Ferrer fought back, before he came out on top in the second tiebreaker thanks to two aces and a Ferrer error.
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Earlier in the day, seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov moved into his first ATP Masters 1000 final after defeating John Isner in a tense semi.
The Bulgarian silenced the partisan home crowd, beating the big-serving Isner in two tiebreaks 7-6(4), 7-6(10).
Dimitrov held off some sustained Isner pressure on his serve in the first set, saving two break points in game six before claiming the first set in the tiebreak.
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It was Isner’s turn in the next set, saving a match point at 5-4 down, and fending off two more in the tiebreak before finally succumbing 12-10.
"Being able to compete at a final, it's always a great feeling. No matter Masters 1000 or 250, it's always something that you work for. It all comes down to that,” he said afterwards.