Australian Open: Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios oust No. 3 seeds for a final spot
Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios have been through to the Australian Open doubles final. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, who received a wildcard into the Australian Open, handed a 7-6 (4) 6-4 loss to No. 3 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the semifinal at Melbourne Park.
As not a single break point was seen in the first set, the opener had to be resolved in a tie-break. The key point of the first set was Kokkinakis and Kyrgios winning three consecutive points to take a 5-2 lead in the tie-break.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios converted their second set point to claim a tight opener. After winning the first set, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios earned the first break of the match in the second game of the second set. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios got broken back in the seventh game but claimed their second break of the match in the 10th game to book a straight-set win.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios to meet an Australian duo
Australia's Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell surprised No. 2 seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3 7-6 (9) to set up a final against Kokkinakis and Kyrgios. “It was a super tough match,” Ebden said, per Tennis Australia.
“Those guys are arguably the best, if not the second best, team probably in the last year or two consistency-wise”. Ebden and Purcell saved four set points in the second set. “They definitely lifted their level in the second set,” Purcell said.
“But credit to us, we hung in there at the end. I helped Matty out a little bit when I need to, and he helped me out when he needed to, and we got through”. Ebeden described making the final in Melbourne as a dream come true.
“To go through to the finals here is a dream,” Ebden said. “It’s our home Grand Slam and we want to be playing Grand Slam finals and winning as many as we can. “It’s awesome to have two Aussie teams playing off in the final. What could be better really?"