In what was a battle of the big serving giants of tennis, Kyrgios came out on top at two hours and 21 minutes with the match being decided in a tiebreaker.
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Photo: Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns the ball during the semifinals match against John Isner of United States at the Telcel Mexican Open 2019 at Mextenis Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Acapulco, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
The Australian brought up his third match point with a pinpoint down the line forehand winner. He sealed the match with a great pickup on the baseline, a shot that bounced close to the baseline and Kyrgios half-volleyed the ball just over the net. The giant American could not chase it down.
In the first set it was Kyrgios that got the key break in the 11th game and then he served out the set after 42 minutes. Kyrgios hit a superb down the line forehand winner to close out the first set.
This match was very close, and the stats support that statement. The winners were 50-50 and the unforced errors were 22-24 in favour of Kyrgios. Isner served at 72% to 67% and Isner was just ahead on first serve points won with 63 from 76 compared with Kyrgios at 59 from 72.
The second set was much the same as the first with very little in it. Isner did not face a break point and he was able to break Kyrgios in the 12th game to take the set 7-5.
In the deciding set, as expected it was the serve that dominated and neither player earned a breakpoint. It then came down to the tiebreaker.
Isner for the third week in a row had fallen at the semifinal stage after losing last week to Daniel Evans in the Delray Beach semis and the week before to Reilly Opelka in the New York Open semi.
Kyrgios is into his first final since he won the 2018 Brisbane International. He will be aiming for his fifth ATP title.
Alexander Zverev stands in his way after defeating Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 7-6(0), 6-3. Zverev has been in good form during the week in Acapulco and is the 2018 ATP finals champion. Zverev will be playing for his 11th ATP tour title.
It will be interesting to see if Kyrgios can lift himself one last time after three tough three-set matches over the past three days. Zverev has had a good run in the singles, he could however been feeling a bit tired as he has reached the doubles final with his brother Mischa. Zverev does at least have the singles final first on his busy schedule.