SPORT-DJOKOVIC 2 LAST

first_imgGoffin, who will jump to a career-best 13th in next Goffin, who will jump to a career-best 13th in next weeks rankings, hit a forehand wide to give Djokovic two set points, then saved one on a drop volley winner but lost the set when the ball deflected off the edge of his racquet as he leaped to reach another Djokovic lob. “Against Djokovic you have to go for the shot in every point,” Goffin said. “If youre not there for a few seconds you lose the game.” In the second set, Goffin netted a backhand to hand Djokovic a break for a 4-3 edge and the world number one held twice to triumph after two hours and five minutes. Djokovic has reached the final in 19 of his past 21 events and in 11 consecutive ATP Masters Series events. He could win a record 28th ATP Masters crown, surpassing the mark he now shares with Rafael Nadal. Nishikori broke Kyrgios for a 2-1 edge and held from there, claiming the first set after 29 minutes when the Aussie double faulted away a break. “My serve just let me down,” Kyrgios said. “I felt rushed out there. I was looking for answers. He was too good.” After an early exchange of breaks, the second set was decided when Nishikori broke in the last game on a wild point. Nishikori raced to the net to save a ball off the net cord, Kyrgios fired back two tricky returns and Nishikori finally won with a crosscourt forehand volley. “At the net I was very confident,” Nishikori said. “I thought I played a good point.” Nishikori, who won his fourth consecutive Memphis title in February, reached his second ATP Masters final, the other coming in 2014 at Madrid. “He is somebody that has been around and played so many matches on the big stage,” Djokovic said. “I dont see him being too overwhelmed or nervous.” Kyrgios, at 20, will become the youngest top-20 player since 2009 on Monday. Two-time Grand Slam champions Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia will meet in Saturdays womens final. AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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