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19 August 2017, 02:28 | Franklin Nunez
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Nick Kyrgios admits he has endured a "rollercoaster of scenes" over the past two months after storming into the Western & Open semi-finals with victory over incoming world No.1 Rafael Nadal.
Despite the defeat, the 31-year-old Nadal will for the fourth time in his career be the world number one when the ATP rankings come out next week.
Kyrgios raced to a 4-0 lead thanks to a double-break in the first set, rattling victor after winner past Nadal.
The French Open champion started off better in the second set, going 2-1 up after breaking Kyrgios' serve.
Forced to dig deep, Kyrgios worked his way to parity on serve, prompting deep, guttural shouts as the Australian psyched himself up.
Nadal - who tallied 10 unforced errors and won just 11 of his 20 first service points in the opening set - continued to be uncharacteristically sloppy and while he eventually got on the board, he was helpless to stop a Kyrgios onslaught.
The Aussie would get the second break of serve to start the match as a shaky Nadal hit more errors from the baseline which was followed by a poor drop shot that Kyrgios was able to get to, hitting a victor to go up 3-0.
"I'm very happy to be in the quarter-finals", Nadal was quoted as saying on the ATP World Tour's Web site.
"Obviously I think it's easier to say that for me because you see me tank ridiculous amounts of matches. on back courts and stuff like that, and you never see me doing anything silly obviously in a match like this", replied Kyrgios. I played some good points. Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov battles 14th seed John Isner in the other semi-final.
Nadal, however, found another gear when he erased three break points to even that set at 2-2 and then proceeded to win the final four games to wrap up the victory in an hour and 38 minutes.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's world number four Elina Svitolina, who was in with a chance of becoming world number one if she had won the title, was beaten by Germany's Julia Goerges 7-5 6-4 in their third-round match.
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