Thanasi Kokkinakis: Carlos Alcaraz is my idol

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Thanasi Kokkinakis: Carlos Alcaraz is my idol

Carlos Alcaraz is one of the fastest rising stars in the game and Thanasi Kokkinakis seems to be a fan of the 18-year-old's game. On Thursday, Alcaraz survived a Miami thriller as he edged out Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7 (5) 6-3 7-6 (5) to progress into the Miami semifinal.

"Alcaraz is my idol," Kokkinakis tweeted.

Even though Alcaraz is not an American player, he has been receiving lots of support throughout the whole tournament.

"I think that I'm playing in Spain," Alcaraz said of the crowd's tremendous support. "It's unbelievable. The energy that they push to me, it was crazy. I think without them it would not be possible to get into the semi-finals today."

After beating Kecmanovic in the first meeting, Alcaraz praised the Serb's level. "Miomir was playing unbelievable," Alcaraz added. "I knew that I had to put a good level from my side. He had chances to win the match.

I did a great shot at 4-5 in the third set, 15/30."

Kokkinakis also enjoyed a solid run in Miami

Kokkinakis earned himself a main draw place in Miami by winning two qualifying matches. After making the main draw, Kokkinakis handed a straight-set defeta to Richard Gasquet.

Kokkinakis appeared to be done in the second round but he recovered from a set and a break down to upset Diego Schwartzman in three sets. After overcoming Schwartzman, Kokkinakis survived a three-set thriller against Denis Kudla.

Kokkinakis was then aiming to upset Alexander Zverev but the German tennis star got the job done in straight sets in their round-of-16 meeting. “He will be at the top of the game very shortly, I think. I think he's going to be top 50, top 20.

Then we will see how it goes. He has a massive game. He is obviously a massive talent which was hindered by injuries. I wish him nothing but the best," Zverev said of Kokkinakis after the match.