Kyrgios into Cincinnati final after stunning run
NICK Kyrgios has charged into his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, eclipsing Spanish veteran David Ferrer.
Kyrgios will attempt to become Australia's first Masters series champion since Lleyton Hewitt at Indian Wells in 2003 when he plays Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the decider.
Kyrgios has revelled in the slick conditions in Cincinnati, overwhelming Ivo Karlovic, incoming world No.1 Rafael Nadal and Ferrer in successive matches.
The Canberran's 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) win was built on impregnable serving.
With 14 aces and five double faults, Kyrgios claimed 90% of first serve points.
And he was lethal off the ground with 21 winners against the former world No.2.
Dimitrov edged John Isner 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (12-10) in another tense semi-final.
With the partisan home crowd firmly in Isner's favour, Dimitrov played the role of spoiler, reaching his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final after 123 minutes.
A Wimbledon and Australian Open semi-finalist, Dimitrov has excelled in Cincinnati, not dropping a set en route to his 12th ATP World Tour final and third of the year.
The right-hander won titles in Brisbane and Sofia to open his 2017 campaign.
"I think it's a good step," Dimitrov said. "I have been on the tour for quite some time now, and I appreciate those moments. I'm starting to appreciate them even more.
"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.
"For me, as I said, right now is just all about just going step by step and just building up not only my confidence, my game, to be able to do that pretty much every time I'm entering a tournament.
"And I feel good. I think the body is responding well. I have been playing good tennis, as well. So that actually helps.
"Hopefully tomorrow is going to be one of those days that I can, again, produce good tennis. But not only that. I just kind of want to make sure that I'm going in the right direction."
Dimitrov has a 1-0 edge over Kyrgios, who will rise four places to No.17 in the rankings.