Nick Kyrgios Defeats Novak Djokovic to Meet Sam Querrey Tonight

March 3, 2017 - World TeamTennis (WTT) - Washington Kastles

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Nick Kyrgios Defeats 12x Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic in Acapulco

Watch Querrey vs Kyrgios in Semi-Finals t onight on Tennis Channel After 11pm EST

Kastles Captain Leander Paes Advances in Dubai to a Second Straight Semi-Final

Nick Kyrgios rises to the challenge in an epic battle vs. world No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Credit: News.com.aus)

"I never have a problem getting up for these matches."

Washington Kastle Nick Kyrgios was more than up for the challenge in front of him Thursday night in Acapulco, rising to the occasion to defeat world No. 2 Novak Djokovic 7-6(9), 7-5 in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel quarterfinals. Kyrgios fired 25 aces to just one double fault and secured a break late in the second set to clinch the upset.

"He's one of the greatest players of all time, but I'm playing with confidence," Kyrgios told the AP. "My serve is the best part of my game, and I had one of my best serving matches tonight."

With his win over Djokovic, Kyrgios now owns 11 Top 10 victories and added Djokovic to his list of first-time triumphs over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. For a place in the final, the Australian will battle fellow Kastle Sam Querrey, who also scored an impressive victory.

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Sam Querrey defeats Dominic Thiem to advance the Semi-Finals vs Kastles teammate Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco (Credit: ATP.com)

Querrey, a member of the 2015 Kastles championship squad, ousted ninth-ranked Dominic Thiem 6-1, 7-5 in 67 minutes. The American converted four of his five break chances to avenge his loss to defending champion Thiem in the Acapulco semifinals a year ago. Querrey will look to reverse his fortunes Friday evening against Kyrgios, the winner of the pair's lone meeting last year in Shanghai.

Tune in tonight on the Tennis Channel to catch the epic Kastles vs Kastles battle not before 11pm EST.

The age defying Leander Paes has had an amazing start to the 2017 season (Credit: ESPN India)

Kastles Captain Leander Paes enjoyed his second consecutive semifinal showing on the doubles court. A week after knocking off Kastles teammates Bob and Mike Bryan in Delray Beach, Paes partnered with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to the last four in Dubai with a strong win against third-seeded Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Paes and Garcia-Lopez saw their run come to an end earlier today in a thrilling match decided in a Supertiebreaker against R ohan Bopanna and Marcin Matkowski 6-3,3-6,10-6 .

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Nick Kyrgios Defeats Novak Djokovic to Meet Sam Querrey Tonight on Tennis Channel

Nick Kyrgios Defeats Novak Djokovic to Meet Sam Querrey Tonight on Tennis Channel
Nick Kyrgios Defeats Novak Djokovic to Meet Sam Querrey Tonight on Tennis Channel

Nick Kyrgios Defeats Novak Djokovic to Meet Sam Querrey Tonight on Tennis Channel
Nick Kyrgios Defeats Novak Djokovic to Meet Sam Querrey Tonight on Tennis Channel