Nick Kyrgios braves cut and cramps to beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Acapulco

first_imgNick Kyrgios overcame a hand injury, leg cramps and a strong performance from Stanislas Wawrinka to prevail 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 and advance to the semi-finals of the Acapulco International on Thursday.The mercurial Australian, who defeated Rafael Nadal the night before in a match where the Spaniard later criticised Kyrgios’s on-court demeanor, was focused in the quarter-final and outplayed Wawrinka in the match’s biggest moments despite crowd that vocally backed the Swiss.”I actually play better when the crowd is against me and giving me a bit of stink,” the 23-year-old said.”I love it. It gets me going.”The night did not begin well for the hard-hitting Kyrgios, who slipped while thumping a backhand in the match’s opening game, opening up a cut on his right hand that required medical attention.Leg cramps, which also required a visit from the trainers, followed in the deciding set but nothing could derail Kyrgios, who won his final service game at love to keep his hopes of a maiden championship at the tournament alive.”In the first game I just tripped over. I’m not the smoothest mover on tour and I tripped over and grazed my hand,” he said.”And the cramping was tough toward the end.”Next up for Kyrgios is either big-serving American John Isner or his eighth seeded countryman John Millman, who play later on Thursday.Earlier in the day Briton Cameron Norrie cruised past American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 6-2 to book his ticket to the semis.Norrie will face second-seeded German Alexander Zverev, who did not face a break point en route to a 6-4 6-4 win over Australian Alex de Minaur.advertisementAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios shrugs off Rafael Nadal criticism after Acapulco encounterAlso Watch:last_img read more

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