TOKYO (AP) — Nick Kyrgios claimed his third, and biggest, title of the year, when rallying to beat David Goffin at the Rakuten Japan Open on Sunday.
The big-serving Australian won a tight match, in which there were only three breaks, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Goffin was left to rue five spurned break points in the third game of the second set, when he had Kyrgios 0-40. Kyrgios held, with the help of three aces, then broke in the next game.
The Kyrgios serve proved crucial, as he fired 21 of his 25 aces in the final two sets.
In contrast, Goffin’s serve fell apart in the third set, when he double-faulted six times.
Fittingly, Kyrgios served an ace…