Nick Kyrgios saved a match point as he overcame top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final of the Citi Open in Washington.
The Australian notched up his fourth win against a top-10 player this year as he downed his Greek opponent 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in two hours and eight minutes.
Kyrgios got off to a flying start, breaking Tsitsipas in his second service game before clinching the opening set.
But the world number six remained undeterred and fought back to level up the match at one set all.
A closely-fought decider ended in a tiebreak, with Krygios firing a service winner to save a match point against him at 6-5 down before eventually triumphing on a second match point of his own.
The Australian will now face Daniil Medvedev, after the Russian ousted lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk.
Medvedev had a more straightforward semi-final clash, needing just 56 minutes to win 6-2, 6-2.
The 23-year-old converted all five of his break-point opportunities and won 78 per cent of his first-serve points during the match.
Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem triumphed on his home soil as he won the Austria Open title in Kitzbuhel.
The world number four saved all six break points he faced to defeat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (0), 6-1.
Andy Murray admits he is in a “much better place” as he continued his comeback from injury on Wednesday, pairing up with brother Jamie to progress to the second round at the Citi Open in Washington.
The brothers were playing together for the first time in almost three years and beat French pair Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the first round of the men’s doubles, clinching a 6-4, 7-6(7), 10-5 victory.
The Scots will face either Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies or Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the second round.
Murray’s fourth men’s doubles appearance of the 2019 season is the latest step in his recovery from hip surgery and he said: “I’m in a much better place, now than I was last year.
“Even though I was winning singles matches, physically I just feel so much better. I have no pain. It’s not restricting me in any of the shots that I’m hitting. I’m still maybe a little bit slower.
“I’m hoping that’s something that will come back with time, but… I didn’t know how much more I was going to be playing after here (at the Citi Open) last year. And yeah, to come back and be competing and be pain free is brilliant.”
Naomi Osaka admits she has not enjoyed playing tennis since winning the Australian Open and has described the last few months as the worst of her life.
The 21-year-old won her second consecutive grand slam title at Melbourne Park in January, making her the new world number one, but expectation has weighed heavily ever since.
A shock split from coach Sascha Bajin immediately after the Australian Open was another factor, and Osaka has not reached the final of any tournament since.
The Japanese player wrote on Twitter: “The last few months for me have been really rough tennis wise, but thankfully I’m surrounded by people I love and who love me back (hopefully hahaha). In that regard I’m very thankful for them because whenever things go wrong I blame myself 100%.
“I have a tendency to shut down because I don’t want to burden anyone with my thoughts or problems but they taught me to trust them and not take everything on by myself.
“Unexpectedly, though, the worst months of my life have also had some of the best moments cause I’ve met new people and been able to do things that I’ve never even considered doing before.
“That being said I can honestly reflect and say I probably haven’t had fun playing tennis since Australia and I’m finally coming to terms with that while relearning that fun feeling.”
I’ll leave this here just in case you feel like reading a book lol. pic.twitter.com/UD512lBRP1— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) August 1, 2019
Osaka’s grand slam winning run ended with a third-round loss to Katerina Siniakova at the French Open, while the grass season saw her lose her number one ranking to Ashleigh Barty and crash out in the first round of Wimbledon to Yulia Putintseva.
Following that loss, Osaka answered a few questions in a monosyllabic press conference before cutting it short, telling the moderator she was about to cry.
She will return to action at the Rogers Cup in Toronto next week, and Osaka said: “I’ve put so much weight on the results of my matches instead of learning from them, which is what I “normally” do.
“Having this time to reflect and think (from losing in the first round lololol), I’ve learned a lot about myself and I feel like I grew so much as a person in the past year(s) so I’m really excited what the future looks like on and off the court.”