Nick Kyrgios wins the Citi Open again, while Liudmila Samsonova takes the women’s title.

Nick Kyrgios listed a long list of people he wanted to thank on Sunday after ending a three-year drought by lifting the trophy at the site of his last triumph, the Citi Open, and mentioned match officials.

Then, recovering, the Wimbledon finalist added with a knowing smile: “Relations are always difficult with referees. »

Kyrgios extended the best stretch of his career and delivered another performance that will make him someone to take seriously at the US Open, saving the only break point he faced in the final to win beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3 at the Citi Open.

“I feel like my motivation is much higher than before…. There is a small window; I have to enjoy it,” said Kyrgios, who fell on his back on the blue court at the end of the match and then returned to the stadium in the evening to team up with Jack Sock and win a doubles trophy. defeating French Open finalists Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 7-5, 6-4.

“I don’t care what people say about my tennis, like ‘Always disrespectful of the sport,’ all that, all that,” said Kyrgios, the first man to win Washington’s singles and doubles events in the same year. . “I know that deep down I really try to do things my way. I know that I inspire millions of people, and that I play just for them. »

Earlier on Sunday, Liudmila Samsonova won the second WTA title of her career when she came from behind to beat sixth seed Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the women’s Citi Open final.

Kyrgios’ seventh singles title on the tour was won where his sixth was won in 2019, on the hard courts of the US capital, during a tune-up for Flushing Meadows.

As usual when Kyrgios is in his match, serve led the way: He hit 12 aces and won 22 of 25 first-serve points. He won all nine of his service games against Nishioka, giving him 64 of 64 in the tournament, and ended the week by saving all 10 of his opponent’s break points. The only break point Kyrgios had to deal with on Sunday was at 3-2 in the first set, and Kyrgios brushed it away with a volley winner.

“I couldn’t understand his service game,” said Nishioka, who ranked Kyrgios number 1 on the circuit in this category and who also praised the 27-year-old Australian for being “more focused” than at the time. the beginning of his career.

Kyrgios was able to break 96th-ranked Japanese Nishioka, who knocked out favorite Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals, three times – in the first game of each set and in the last game of the match.

This is unusual consistency for Kyrgios, coming off a journey that took him to his first Grand Slam final at the All England Club, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. Kyrgios didn’t get any ranking points for that performance – no points were awarded to anyone at Wimbledon – but the singles title in Washington will move him up from 63rd to 37th place, which will put him on the mend. place within easy reach of a possible selection at the US Open.

“Hopefully I can continue this momentum,” Kyrgios said.

The tournament begins at Flushing Meadows on August 29. This is less than a week after a court hearing in Australia is scheduled for a joint assault allegation against Kyrgios.

Samsonova is a 23-year-old Russian who reached her career-best ranking of 25th in May, but is currently 60th after having to give up part of the season, including Wimbledon, due to the attack of his country against Ukraine. She used a powerful serve that hit 119 mph against Kanepi to blast her way through the tournament hard court bracket, including a win over defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu.

Samsonova won her other title last year at a grass-court tournament in Berlin. Kanepi, a 37-year-old Estonian, was in search of her first trophy since 2013. She left the court for a medical timeout in the third set on Sunday due to what she said was an abdominal muscle problem.

“I guess a lot of games and a lot of serves this week,” Kanepi said.

Kyrgios’ win was broadcast on Tennis Channel, which pulled the women’s final from its main channel to show pickleball, due, according to tournament chairman Mark Ein, to a prior commitment.

It was big-serve, fast-hitting tennis between two women with similar playing styles on a humid 90-degree Fahrenheit (32-degree Celsius) afternoon. Some spectators held umbrellas for shade; portable electric fans were placed near the sideline seats to provide respite for players during player changes; Samsonova held a plastic bag full of ice cream over her head.

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