Nick Kyrgios has won the Japan Open, far and away the most significant title of his career.
It was his first-ever victory in an ATP-500 level tournament.
The fiery Kyrgios, who seemed to possess an improbably degree of talent, but has developed a reputation for preferring the big shot to the final result and tanking in matches where everything does not go his way, persevered against Belgian David Goffin for a 4 – 6, 6 – 3, 7 – 5 victory in the final.
Not only did he maintain his composure, but he also elevated his game when he had only two points between him and defeat.
Kyrgios is ranked currently at 15th in the world and was going against a Goffin who is ranked 14th, so ahead of the match, it would have seemed to be as even as possibly conceivable, a perception that proved omniscient by the final score.
Moving forward, Kyrgios will be listed as the number 12 seed going into the Shanghai Masters, where 17 of the top 20 ranked men will provide competition of a higher level. The big four, Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka and Nadal will be playing.
The Japan Open win gives Kyrgios three titles for the year and it would seem that he is finally poised to begin making more of a presence in the ATP tournaments at last.