It has been pretty evident in the recent events that Thanasi Kokkinakis and Adelaide equals magic. The Australian created fresh memories on his home court on Monday night when he defeated fellow countryman Alexei Popyrin in the Adelaide International‘s opening round after two hours and 45 minutes of play, one year after winning his maiden ATP Tour championship there.
“It’s what you play for to be honest. I’ve had many great memories last year as well. Having that home energy and home crowd was crazy. I’m happy I gave them something to cheer about there. It was almost going too smoothly, but then when I got the crowd into it and got them fired up, I know that’s what they came to see. It’s why you do all the work in all those tough moments. You remember those feelings and that’s something you can’t replicate other than [in] tennis.”KOKKINAKIS SAID.
Kokkinakis appeared to be facing defeat after going behind by a break in the third set. To the joy of the crowd, the 26-year-old rallied for an emotional triumph. When Kokkinakis faces No. 6 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and top seed Andrey Rublev in the second round, it won’t get any simpler.
“It’s going to be tough. He hits the [heck] out of the ball. I practised with him two days ago and it’s not easy. We played well, it was a good set. But it’s tricky. He’s a hell of a player. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to take my game and get after it. It’s going to be a tough match.”KOKKINAKIS ADDED.
Additionally, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina defeated Brandon Nakashima, the current Next Gen ATP Finals winner, 6-2, 7-6. (3). Jack Draper, a British competitor who also played in Milan last year, defeated Italian Lorenzo Sonego by scores of 6-4 and 6-2. To earn his first victory of the year, the lefty turned away three of the four break points he faced.
Three years ago, at the Australian Open, American Mackenzie McDonald allowed Daniel Evans to come back from a two-set deficit. By defeating the Briton 7-5, 7-5 on Monday, McDonald gained some measure of vengeance.
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Djokovic Conquers Adelaide
On Sunday, top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Sebastian Korda by holding off a match point to win the Adelaide International and solidify his position as a strong favourite to win the Australian Open. The son of former world number two Petr Korda, an unseeded American opponent, was defeated by the 21-time Grand Slam winner in more over three hours, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4. Djokovic won the match, extending his winning streak in Australia to 34 games.
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