Nick Kyrgios produced a shock win over world number one-elect Rafa Nadal to reach the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.
On a day when Nadal had to play twice, the 31-year-old was no match for Kyrgios, who displayed all the talent which has made him such a mercurial and frustrating player.
It took Kyrgios a little over an hour to complete the 6-2, 7-5 victory, with Nadal not helped by having to complete his rain delayed last 16 encounter against Albert Ramos Vinolas earlier in the day.
But the Aussie was at his best as he raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set after securing a double break.
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Nadal was powerless to halt Kyrgios’ charge and the 22-year-old wrapped up the first set in just 25 minutes.
Nadal was briefly rejuvenated at the start of the second set, but Kyrgios quickly regained the ascendancy and created sufficient pressure to force a break and go 3-2 up.
With Kyrgios serving for the match at 5-4, he double faulted twice – including one on match point – and Nadal secured his first break to level proceedings at 5-5.
But in the following game, Kyrgios broke Nadal to love and then finished the job at the second time of asking to take the set 7-5.
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Kyrgios will face David Ferrer in the semi-finals after the veteran Spaniard produced an upset to comfortably beat Dominic Them 6-3, 6-3.
In the other semi-final, Grigor Dimitrov will face big-serving John Isner.
Seventh seed Dimitrov beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1 while Isner triumphed 7-6, 7-5 against fellow American Jared Donaldson.