The revival of Tanashiko Kinakis’ career has risen to new heights as Australians win the first ever ATP tour title with a clutch victory in their hometown of Adelaide.
World No. 145 surprised World No. 58 Frenchman Arthur Lynn Darknetch in a fiercely tight contest, eventually running out of 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-3 winners. ..
After the pair exchanged tiebreaker wins in the opening two sets, Kokkinakis finally claimed the first break in the match in the deciding party’s opening game. He never looked back and broke his opponent again before holding the milestone victory.
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Kokkinakis, 25, has been fighting serious injuries for many years since reaching his only last ATP Tour final in 2017. From 2019 to the end of 2021, talented players achieved only five tour-level wins.
By this season, Kokkinakis had reached one tour in the semi-finals, and the former world No. 69 fell to 171st place in the world. But in the last two weeks he has reached the semi-final stage twice. It went even better with Adelaide International 1 first, and then with the second tournament of the Adelaide Doubleheader.
Kokkinakis is 2 against former world No. 3 Marin Cilic to reserve a place in the Adelaide International 2 final with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (10) victory for nearly three hours. Saved two match points.
Kokkinakis served his opponent in front of a roaring and narrow crowd, landing from 18 to 15 ace and did not double fault. He didn’t face a single break point and couldn’t fly in the match on the line of the second set of tiebreakers.
Kokkinakis has already jumped from 171st to 145th in the world, and when the ranking is updated on Monday, the ranking will start further towards the top 100.
Australian attention is now directed to a potential second round meeting with his hometown of Grand Slam and Rafael Nadal.
In the first round of the Australian Open at Kokkinakis, he faced Nadal in the second round and was comfortably beaten.
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