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Tennis: Nick Kyrgios through which Brisbane semi-finals

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Australian No1 Nick Kyrgios has dug deep to move to the Brisbane International semi-finals after the derive from behind 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

World No21 Kyrgios – ranked 17 spots on top of his opponent – looked lethargic early along with his troublesome left knee strapped as former Brisbane finalist Dolgopolov broke twice to clinch the earliest set in 22 minutes.

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But the twin grand slam quarterfinalist held his nerve to reserve a semi-final showdown together with the winner of Friday night’s clash between top seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Briton Kyle Edmund.

Third seed Kyrgios, 22, failed to look comfortable within the outset together with left knee strapped after tweaking it in their second-round conquer fellow Australian Matthew Ebden.

Dolgopolov took full benefit to cruise throughout the first set before Kyrgios seemed to press a button inside the second.

He broke the Ukrainian inside second game and claimed the second set in just 29 minutes.

Kyrgios then secured an essential enter the seventh game of the third set before clinching victory in 1 hour 30 minutes at Pat Rafter Arena.

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