Tennis: Nick Kyrgios sweeps away Rafael Nadal in Cincinnati quarter-final

Nick Kyrgios of Australia in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their match in the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason on Aug 18, 2017.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their match in the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason on Aug 18, 2017.PHOTO: EPA
Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts against Nick Kyrgios (AUS) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts against Nick Kyrgios (AUS) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.PHOTO: REUTERS
 Rafael Nadal of Spain (R) shakes hands with Nick Kyrgios of Australia (L) after their match in the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center on Aug 18, 2017.
Rafael Nadal of Spain (R) shakes hands with Nick Kyrgios of Australia (L) after their match in the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center on Aug 18, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Cincinnati, Ohio (Reuters) - The excitable Nick Kyrgios made short work of top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a dazzling 6-2, 7-5 victory on Friday at the Cincinnati Masters.

In a highly-anticipated quarter-final matchup, Kyrgios breezed past the 15-time Grand Slam champion in about 80minutes.

"He obviously is a tough match always," Nadal told reporters. "Nick is a great player, but I played poorly.

"I started the match well and then I played a very bad game in the second set when he broke me. I played some good points. He had some mistakes and I was able to be back in the match. And then I played a terrible game. So it was a bad match for me."

Despite the defeat, the 31-year-old will for the fourth time in his career be the world No. 1 when the ATP rankings come out next week.

Australia's 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.