Nick Kyrgios Defeats Richard Gasquet in Open 13 Last Eight Hits 4 Aces to Win Final Game


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Nick Kyrgios hit the tennis headlines for all the right reasons today when he served four aces in one game as he served out for a comprehensive 6-0, 6-4 win over Richard Gasquet at the Open 13 tournament. 

The Australian served his way into the semi-finals of the ATP 250 event- hitting 17 aces, getting 71% of his first serves in, and winning 96% of points behind that delivery (26/27 in total). The 20 year old also won 55% of his second serve deliveries, and did not face a single break point.

Gasquet has been a difficult opponent for Kyrgios over the years- the Frenchman led him 4-1 before the match including a controversial win at last year’s Wimbledon- but Kyrgios had no problems today as his service game, return game, and his overall ground game were all clicking on his way to winning an opening bagel set.

Gasquet was able to put up more of a fight in the second set, but Kyrgios grabbed a crucial break and then ended Gasquet’s hopes of breaking back to stay in the match in the most clinical way.

The world No 41 seemed to wrong foot the third seed on the first ace as the Frenchman moved to the backhand side for the return only for the serve to land on his forehand side in the third quarter of the service box.

The second ace was out wide, the third one was curved down the middle and the final one on match point went out wide, too.

That quartet of aces means Kyrgios is being talked about for his exceptional tennis skills rather than his on court dramas. The Australian, who became the first player since Roger Federer to make two slam quarter-finals before turning 20, has a big game which has defeated the likes of Nadal and Federer and is now many people’s favorite to take his first career title this weekend.

Kyrgios will now face second seed Tomas Berdych in the semis. The two met recently at the Australian Open when the Czech won pretty comfortably in four sets. Both men have shown good form this week and this match could be one that goes down to the wire. If Kyrgios can reproduce the kind of serving he did today, it could be time for some sweet revenge for the Australian.

Watch Kyrgios put together the perfect service game versus Gasquet in the Vine below.

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