Nevertheless, it was a season with more highs than lows for Kyrgios, who made a first Masters Series final in Cincinnati losing to Grigor Dimitrov and a level final at the China Open in Beijing losing to Rafael Nadalas well as semifinals at the Miami Masters, Acapulco and Marseille. The world no. It worked: He ran out the winner, with 19 aces. Going into today, I knew that I was going to do something a little different. I was going to kind of just not give him too much rhythm.
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Leading the way is World No. Open semi-finals in September with a knee injury. Nadal would go on to withdraw from the Paris Masters and season-ending Nitto ATP Finals with an abdominal problem before undergoing a minute surgical procedure to repair his injured right ankle.
After retiring or withdrawing from all but one of the hardcourt events he entered in , is Nadal ready to compete on the surface in ? Another player making his comeback from injury at the Brisbane International is former World No.
It was this time 12 months ago when Murray aborted a planned initial comeback in Brisbane to undergo hip surgery in Melbourne, forcing him onto the sidelines for the first six months of Murray would return for the grass season but would ultimately miss Wimbledon and play just six events for the year, ending his season in September as he took to the practice court in order to rebuild his fitness.
Murray has spent the off-season training at base-camps in Philadelphia and Miami, while he is planning to arrive in Brisbane just before Christmas in order to give himself the best possible preparation for a successful run.
A two-time former Brisbane International champion in , can Murray make it a hat-trick of trophies upon his return to the Queensland city in ? Meanwhile, former winner Grigor Dimitrov and defending champion Nick Kyrgios will be hoping to put disappointing seasons behind them as they look for a fresh start in January.
Kyrgios began in superb fashion as he claimed his fourth ATP World Tour title in Brisbane, defeating Dimitrov along the way, but injuries once again disrupted his season, while the Australian has since revealed he has also been struggling with mental demons throughout his career.
Slipping to the fourth-ranked Australian and out of the top 30 in , can Kyrgios re-discover his mojo in Brisbane? While Nadal and Murray are returning from injuries and Dimitrov and Kyrgios are attempting to recapture their best tennis, Kei Nishikori is on the other end of the spectrum.
The Japanese star made his own comeback from injury at the start of and has risen from outside the top 30 to inside the top 10 during a stellar that yielded a runner-up finish at the Monte-Carlo Masters and a semi-final at the U. Open quarter-finalist John Millman, who stunned Roger Federer on his way to his first major quarter-final in New York, will also be in action at his hometown event in Brisbane in Stay tuned over the coming months as more players are announced for the Brisbane International!
Since then it has become a highly popular tournament for players to kick off the new year. Staged at the Queensland Tennis Centre, the Brisbane International is one of only two events played in Australia that players can compete in to prepare for the scorching temperatures in Melbourne's Australian Open.
The Apia International Sydney is the other event, and it occurs the week after, following the Brisbane action and concluding just two days before the start of the major at Melbourne Park.
The tournament boasts a list of famous former champions including Thomas Muster , Goran Ivanisevic , Yevgeny Kafelnikov , and Jim Courier More recently, Radek Stepanek won the inaugural edition of the joint Brisbane International event in , defeating Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in three sets in the final.
Since then a new winner has been crowned almost every year, with Andy Murray the only player to date to have won dual titles at the refreshed tournament, triumphing consecutively in and Home favourite and three-time overall champion Lleyton Hewitt then pulled off the enthralling victory against Roger Federer in the final, while Federer returned to make amends in , simultaneously winning the title and recording his 1,th ATP World Tour victory.
Raonic would fall in the semi-finals of his title defence in , with Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov conquering three top 10 players on the bounce, including Raonic, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori, to capture the title - a result that would ultimately act as a springboard for his run to the Australian Open semi-finals a few weeks later.
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