Rafael Nadal falls to Nick Kyrgios in Cincinnati quarters after Cincinnati double-header

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With Andy Murray already recovering from a hip injury, the Spaniard was guaranteed of the top spot for the first time since 2014.

Rafael Nadal's chances of being crowned world number one with a Masters Series title was dashed after he was beaten in straight sets by Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday (18 August).

Nadal made a flurry of uncharacteristic errors in the first set but settled down in the second and ultimately cruised to a 7-6, 6-2 victory on a humid, gusty day at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati.

Kyrgios raced to a 4-0 lead thanks to a double-break in the first set, rattling victor after winner past Nadal.

Both Nadal, who will return to No. 1 when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday, and Ramos-Vinolas wore black ribbons on their shirts in honor of the victims of two deadly terrorist attacks in Spain's Catalonia region on Thursday and early Friday.

The 22-year-old Kyrgios recorded 10 aces in a strong serving display, and moved to the semi-final to face David Ferrer, who produced another shocking result in dominating third-seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-3.

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"I work every day to play better. It was tough. I was happy to get through it, My game plan was to keep the rallies long and keep him out there and that's what I did." said Tiafoe after the win. So it was a bad match for me.

"He was kind of my first big win in Australia, and then, so, yeah, it's good to have him around".

But Nadal was below his best against the maligned Australian and four-time ATP Tour victor, who will face David Ferrer in the final four, having never progressed beyond the second round in Cincinnati previously.

On the other hand, experienced campaigner Ferrer has successfully managed to put behind the heartbreaking three-setter defeat to Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup pre quarter-final outing. He will play the first men's singles semi-final against 14th seeded American John Isner, who defeated 20-year-old compatriot Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. But I don't know why I don't find my rhythm here.

"In the last couple of months I had a roller-coaster of scenes", he said. Kyrgios was playing some phenomenal tennis with his full power on display.

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