Welcome to Tennis-Pulse’s 2017 Cincinnati final live feed. Nick Kyrgios takes on Grigor Dimitrov in what is surely one of the most mouthwatering clashes we’ve seen in some time. We’ll be taking you through this enthralling matchup in detail below in the comment section. Be sure to leave your thoughts and interact with our writers down below. First, let’s set the stage.

The ATP Youth Movement seems to be underway. For the first time in what feels like millennia, two consecutive Masters 1000 titles will be won by players well under the age of 30.

Today, Australian Nick Kyrgios takes on Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for the title in Cincinnati. Both have displayed their abundant talent on the road to getting here. Kyrgios comprehensively dismissed Nadal and scored a hard fought win over Ferrer while Dimitrov disposed of del Potro and out dueled Isner. 

The talent of these two guys is no secret. Both have the ability to put on shotmaking displays that will leave your jaw on the floor, but consistency has been hard to come by, which is why neither has emerged as a force at the top of the men’s game. Today, one of them will score the biggest tournament victory of their life and hopefully this week will spur both to greater heights. God knows that men’s tennis needs nothing more than Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov at the top of the game.

The action gets underway at 1 PM EST and tennis-pulse will be taking you through all of it with our Cincinnati final live feed down below, so be sure to tune in and comment!

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Hello everyone, welcome to tennis-pulse’s live feed coverage of the 2017 Cincinnati Masters final. My name is Shuvam and I’ll be taking you through all the action. I want to hear YOUR thoughts, so be sure to leave comments!

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    I’m not going to hide my excitement. This matchup is going to be AWESOME. For the first time we see two younger generation talents battle for a big title.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    After Zverev’s win in Montreal, a second successive young guy win may signal a changing of the guard. All of a sudden, a US Open which looked barren after the withdrawals of Djokovic and Wawrinka and questionable form of Murray is looking exciting again.

  • Raz Ols

    Who is the favorite to win today?

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      I like Kyrgios more than Dimitrov so I like him more. Dimitrov likes to play with a lot of slice, but Kyrgios loves to face variety and improvise. It should be an awesome matchup. If Kyrgios serves his best I think he takes it, but Grigor could of course produce a vintage performance to neutralize that serve.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    These two guys both won in two tiebreak sets yesterday. Their only other meeting feature two tiebreak sets (2015 Indian Wells). I’ll be bold and say we might see a tiebreak today.

  • Raz Ols

    Kyrgios to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-3

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      About as likely as any other prediction!

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Warmups are winding down, the action is about to begin! Kyrgios won the toss and will serve.

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      He elected to receive, Dimitrov is serving, my apologies.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov with a nice backhand volley to kick off this match

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Nick channeling his inner Tim Tebow

    Pre-match superstition for @NickKyrgios?#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/lQHgIlUtQA— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 20, 2017

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov with a hold to love to kick things off. Now he has to deal with the bazooka known as the Nick Kyrgios serve.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    15-15 here as the pair trade forehand errors.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    116 mph second serve ace for Kyrgios.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Huge serving from Kyrgios, 1-1.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov serving efficiently 30-0

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    kyrgios nets a slice and it’s 40-15

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    An ace from Dimitrov seals another easy hold for him. 2-1, Kyrgios to serve, first set.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Who you all got in this match?

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios service games are all on is racket. Two big firsts, a double fault, 30-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    135 mph serve, inside out forehand winner into the open court. Tried and true formula, 40-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    We get our first medium length rally of the match, Kyrgios hits a slice out wide called out

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      it was out. 40-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    138 up the T, Game Kyrgios. 2-2 with Dimitrov to serve.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    WOW WHAT A POINT. Kyrgios trying to pull Dimitrov out, Grigor’s defense was up to par. A rally with tremendous baseline variety, Dimitrov finally sends a backhand long.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Nick taking exception to a fan calling a point in that rally out. Not the first time this year that’s happened to Mr. Kyrgios.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios sends a backhand wide 30-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Double fault for Dimitrov, 30-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Oh boy, another double and Kyrgios has break point. Dimitrov’s second serve has let him down before in key spots.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Great defense from Dimitrov to get back several Kyrgios crackers. Kyrgios ultimately sends a forehand wide. Deuce.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    First serve from Dimitrov gets him to game point

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Another quality first serve, 129 up the T and Dimitrov holds for 3-2. Kyrgios to serve after the change of ends

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Great hold there, Dimitrov with two doubles and lost an epic rallies, but came up with the goods when it mattered to hold.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    What an amazing point.

    Hold onto your hats!This is going to be fun…#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/J2LB48NeLq— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 20, 2017

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov with some more fantastic defense to his forehand corner to turn that point around, and then rips a forehand winner down the line. 0-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios lands a first serve. Dimitrov could have returned it but the lack of pace on it threw him off. 15-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    132 out wide. 30-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    excellent little short slice from Dimitrov draws a netted forehand from Kyrgios. Dimitrov now with a break point.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Deep return from Dimitrov, Kyrgios off balance nets the forehand and Dimitrov has the break 4-2.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios takes the initiative. Rips a backhand and a forehand and draws the forced error. 0-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov clips two lines with an ace 15-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov misses the box by about two feet on a second serve. 15-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov forehands clips the tape and will not go over. Chance for Kyrgios to break right back at 30-40.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios nets a backhand. Deuce.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios sends a backhand wide. Great defense from Dimitrov but that’s Kyrgios’ 7th backhand unforced error. Ad Dimitrov.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov with a great serve/forehand combo to consolidate the break. 5-2 Dimitrov, Kyrgios to serve to stay in the opening set.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios wins a challenge, gets a second serve ace. 15-0

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    Ace out wide, 40-0.

  • Yoeri Nieuwland

    I have a feeling this could be a relative two sets final in favor of Grigor! Is Kyrgios injured in his hip region still Shuvam?

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      Could be, his movement hasn’t been sharp today.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Absurd return from Dimitrov. 40-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios with a big kick serve and Dimitrov nets the backhand return. Dimitrov will now serve for the opening set at 5-3.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    An ace, and Dimitrov is off to a good start

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Another strong first serve, 30-0

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov bombs 135 down the T. 40-0.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios overcooks a forehand and Dimitrov has the first set 6-3.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    A very efficient set from Dimitrov. Kyrgios was just not up to his quality off the ground. Kyrgios will either have to take more initiative off the ground or up the serving and hope for the best in tiebreaks. Neither guy has been using the net much. Dimitrov has no real reason to, but Kyrgios may want to try incorporating that.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    17-4 baseline rallies to Dimitrov.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios to serve to get the second set under way.

  • Raz Ols

    Kyrgios doesn’t seem up for the task. If he doesn’t rebound quickly, the title will soon be within Dimitrov’s reach

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios finally approaches the net, but the volleys are too close to Dimitrov and a great running backhand pass from the Bulgarian. 0-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov nets a slice. 15-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    137 mph ace. 30-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov sends a backhand long and Kyrgios holds to open the second set. 1-0 Dimitrov to serve.

  • Raz Ols

    What do you make of Dimitrov’s chances at the US Open?

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      He’ll be a contender. The surface suits him and he seems to be discovering the form that nearly took him to the AO final.

  • Raz Ols

    Wow what a dropshot!!!

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Ridiculous stuff. Fabulous defense from Dimitrov and then drop shots Kyrgios’ dropper. What talent on display in that point.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Love hold for Dimitrov. 1-1.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios sends a backhand wide, confirmed by challenge. 0-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Ace levels the game 15-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    And another 30-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Backhand long from Kyrgios. 30-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    122 mph second serve ace that almost bounces into the crowd. My goodness.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov nets a backhand and Kyrgios holds on for 2-1.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios objecting an overrule “I don’t make returns that often man” He has a point. This time he will get a second serve.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Backhand return long from Kyrgios, 15-0.

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    Forehand long, 30-0.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Quality forehand winner, 40-0.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov with an easy putaway and he holds for 2-2.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Nice dropshot from Kyrgios. 15-0 .

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Ace gets Kyrgios to 40-0

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Another ace seals the hold. 3-2 Kyrgios.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios having an amicable chat with the chair umpire about the performance of a certain linesman.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov picks up where Kyrgios left off with an ace. 15-0

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov cracks a forehand winner. “Massive” says Kyrgios.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios follows a slice into the net. Dimitrov shanks the pass but Kyrgios goes the wrong way and it lands in. 40-0.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios lets looses with a forehand. Just his 2nd forehand winner of the match. 40-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios nets a backhand and Dimitrov holds to 3 all.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios nets a backhand volley. 0-15

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios with a changeup draws the return error. 15-15

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios with another backhand unforced error. Danger now at 15-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Quality play form Kyrgios. Follows an inside out forehand into the net and deftly picks off the forehand volley 30-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios sends a forehand long, he’s challenging but it looked out.

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      it was out, 30-40 break point for Dimitrov.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios with a 103 mph first serve but the placement is perfect. Deuce.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov’s return lands right on the baseline and Kyrgios sends it long. Another break point for Dimitrov.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios sticks with that kick serve. Monster 101 mph kicker draws the return error and it’s deuce again.

  • Raz Ols

    Are you surprised by the way the match has unfolded?

    • Shuvam Chakraborty

      A bit, I thought Kyrgios would bring more heat off the ground.

      • Raz Ols

        Agreed. His feet seem stuck to the ground sometimes, especially off his backhand side

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    And there’s the big bomber. 135 down the T for game point

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios sends a forehand long and it’s deuce again. He just can’t crack Kyrgios off the baseline

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Another first serve gets Kyrgios the game point.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Another strong first serve and Kyrgios holds for 4-3.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Extremely smart serving there from Kyrgios to avoid disaster.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios needs more of these volleys if he continues his futility off the ground.

    .@NickKyrgios just delicately placing in this volley 👌#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/nTPqUjRrqn— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 20, 2017

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios mishits a second serve return 15-0. Dimitrov serving well under 40% this set, Kyrgios really hasn’t done much to take advantage

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    there’s an ace. 131 up the middle, 30-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios misses a forehand long. Replay shows it was in, but Kyrgios doesn’t challenge. 40-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios nets a forehand and it’s 4-4. Kyrgios to serve as we head into the business end of this set

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios with a nice backhand pass. 15-0.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Ace from Kyrgios and it’s 40-0.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    And another. 136 mph up the T. Lightning quick hold and the pressure is on Dimitrov as he will serve at 4-5

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov of course won the first set, let’s see if Kyrgios can take this the distance. He might need a third set to do it because he hasn’t been able to get anything together on the Dimitrov serve.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios misses a couple backhand returns. 30-0

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov with a nice net approach and forehand volley. 40-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios nets a backhand and it’s 5-5. Kyrgios to serve.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios double faults. 0-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    But follows with an ace. 15-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    And another double. 15-30

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Big forehand from Kyrgios draws the error. 30-30.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Oh dear, another double from Kyrgios and it’s 30-40.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios slingshots a game and he gifts Dimitrov the break. Grigor will serve for the Cincinnati title without the loss of a set.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    3 doubles and a casual forehand unforced error. About as bad a service game as you can play.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios sends a forehand wide. 15-0.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Absolutely spectacular forehand pass down the line from Dimitrov. My goodness, what defense from Dimitrov today, and he’s two points away,

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    And he follows with a 70 mph second serve into the middle of the net. Nerves still not gone away, 30-15.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    However, a quality first serve sets up two championship points for Dimitrov.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov sends a forehand long. 40-30. He could use a first serve here.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Kyrgios nets a forehand and Dimitrov has done it!

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    The two men share about a 20 second hug at the net.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov wins his maiden Masters 1000 without the loss of a set. What a week for the Bulgarian, he’s back in the top 10 and seems to be throwing his hat into the USO discussion.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Dimitrov seems to be rediscovering the form that saw him win 2 early season hard court titles and nearly reach the Australian Open final. After this week, no one would be surprised to see him in the final four at New York.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    As for Kyrgios, he did not have a good performance today but still he has to take the positives from this week and carry that into Flushing Meadows. He seems primed for a solid run there as well.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Just 5 groundstroke winners from Kyrgios in that match. Dimitrov’s defense frustrated him greatly, but even then 3 double faults from Kyrgios absolutely gifted Dimitrov the telling break in the second set.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Overall a great serving performance from Kyrgios with 70% serves in and 15 aces, but he bunched all those doubles into one game and that was all she wrote.

  • Shuvam Chakraborty

    Overall, this was a very interesting week, and the US Open is shaping up to be one hell of a tournament. Be sure to stay tuned into tennis-pulse for complete coverage of the season’s final major. So long for now!