Atp Finals: Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis Stay Alive With Hard-Fought Win

Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis stay alive with hard-fought victory

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis secured their first ATP Finals victory after beating Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 3-6 6-4 10-6. After losing their first Round Robin match, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis went into their second match knowing they needed to win to have a chance to qualify for the semifinal.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis got off to a very slow start to the match as they quickly fell 3-0 behind when Dodig and Krajicek held serve after claiming an early break. Down a set, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis faced break point on serve in the ninth game of the second set, but were able to save it and win 5-4 in the set.

After saving a break point, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis earned their first break of the match in the tenth game, when Dodig and Krajicek were serving to stay in the second set. Dodig and Krajicek rallied after dropping the second set as they opened up a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker of the match.

Down by four points, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis responded by winning the next six points to overturn the deficit and take a 7-5 lead. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis also won three of the next four points to complete a comeback.

Kyrgios, Kokkinakis on their victory

After claiming a three-set victory, Kyrgios admitted that he knew that with a loss his Turin campaign would be over. “I was thinking to myself, ‘If we lose today, [would be] out of the whole event, so I’m going to go out there and do what I can’

We’re the couple that is able to do that pretty much every time we play, so why not use that to our advantage? The crowd was amazing and they pushed us over the line,» said Kyrgios. Meanwhile, Kokkinakis thanked the crowd for helping him and Kyrgios over the top.

“It’s a good energy and it encouraged me. I started playing my best tennis after [Kyrgios] gotten up [the crowd]. This is how we find it in Australia. So we loved it,» added Kokkinakis. In their Round Robin final, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis play Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.

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