Nick Kyrgios making his charge at the Brisbane International

Nick Kyrgios making his charge at the Brisbane International

Nick Kyrgios making his charge at the Brisbane International

Even as his American opponent dropped his serve at the start of the second set with a double fault, Kyrgios broke Harrison the second time around to comfortable claim the second set and seal the match and title.

The Australian No.1 disagreed with Armstrong's refusal to allow him to have medical time-out when he called a trained to change his knee taping at 5-3 in the first set of a Pat Rafter Arena final which gave him his seventh ATP Tour final.

Last year Kyrgios was 0-2 in finals, finishing runner-up at the Western & Southern Open ( Grigor Dimitrov) in Cincinnati and at the China Open ( Rafael Nadal).

In contrast, world No.208 De Minaur's tennis prospects appear bright after snapping up a Brisbane International wildcard and earning a Saturday semi-final showdown with American Ryan Harrison.

Nick Kyrgios is confident the knee problem that he played with during his Brisbane International triumph will not hinder his chances at the Australian Open. "But I do - I really appreciate it".

"I didn't know what kind of performance I'd put in, as the week went on I felt I was serving better and hitting the ball a lot better".

However, Harrison stepped up the pressure and reeled off the next four points to take the set and level the match.

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"He's a nightmare. He has a very unorthodox game and I don't match up well against him".

"It's an incredible high for me this whole week and I'm just using it as a learning curve to bigger and better things".

Harrison reached his third tour-level final with a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Alex De Minaur, the 18-year-old Australian wild-card entry.

"He came out firing early", Kyrgios said of Harrison.

"This is why we play tennis - to play in our backyard".

Kyrgios showed his mettle during the week in coming from a set down to beat Aussie compatriot Matthew Ebden, then Alexandr Dolgopolov, then Dimitrov in the semis. "It was a big opportunity for me", De Minaur said.

But apart from Kyrgios's frustration with Harrison leaving the court at the end of the first set, there was no evidence of tension and the two shook hands warmly at the end of the match.

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