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Tennis Nick Kyrgios wins Washington Championship

The Australian beat Japan’s Nishioka in the final. He hasn’t won a championship since 2019, when he was victorious in the US capital

From Washington to Washington. The birth of Nick Kyrgios is the capital of the United States as its symbol. Three years later, the Australian returned to win the ATP Championship, defeating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3 in a practically no-date final, and he did so by re-conquering the last ATP tournament that saw his victory: it was in 2019, and on the other side of the grid, Daniil Medvedev is currently #1 in the world. Age seems to have passed, and in terms of tennis, it is. For Kyrgios, winning is number 7 in the ATP tournament, a really small number for someone with his talent, but that doesn’t matter. What really interests all tennis fans is to finally find a player who is able not only to present a spectacle as an end in itself (too many times even in a negative sense), but who is also capable of figuring out how to win. 2022 for Kyrgios was the year of his Wimbledon final against Djokovic, as he certainly didn’t tarnish (he lost in four sets), and it seems he wants to continue to impress. Now there are 1000 Americans (in Cincinnati, in 2017, he reached the final), and then the US Open. Where would a loose cannon be, this time for real. The usual question is: will it last? And for how long?

Samsonova before repeat

Also in Washington, Russia’s Lyudmila Samsonova won with a time of 250, as she beat world number 37 and sixth seed Kaia Kanepi in the final, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and 46 minutes of play. For Samsonova, this is the second title of her career in the Grand Prix after the one she won last year in Berlin. And there are some regrets for Italy, needless to deny.

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Fognini there

Speaking of Italy, there is good news from Fabio Fognini, No. 55 ATP and number two in the qualifying draw, who achieved the main draw in Montreal, defeating German Daniel 6-3 4-6 6-2 Altmaier, 79 in athletics, who lost Already in two groups in January in the first round in Sydney. Therefore, the number of the Azzurri who will battle today in the first 1000 on American hard ground rises to three: Jannick Sener and Matteo Berrettini will also be present along with the Ligurian tennis player.

Azarenka stop

Also from Canada, news arrives that Victoria Azarenka will not be able to participate in the WTA 1000 in Toronto starting tomorrow. This was announced by the same 33-year-old Belarusian tennis player, formerly ranked number one in the world and today in 20th place in the standings, for whom the visa was not approved by the Canadian authorities. “It’s so sad not to be able to play one of my favorite tournaments, see you in Cincinnati,” Azarenka wrote.

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