Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios pulled off a stunning win on Friday as they sent No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic packing out of Melbourne Park. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios delivered a strong performance against the world’s best doubles team as they won 7-6 (8) 6-3 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios started the match with a break but got broken back in the following game. Mektic and Pavic claimed their second break of the match in the seventh game but Kokkinakis and Kyrgios broke back immediately in the following game.
As no more breaks were seen — the set went into a tie-break — in which Kokkinakis and Kyrgios realized their fourth set point to win a tight opener. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios failed to convert any of their two break points in the fourth game of the second set but broke Mektic and Pavic in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios missed out on a match point in the eighth game but served out for the match in the following game.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios aim a deep run
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios play next against either Dominik Koepfer and Jan-Lennard Struff or Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar.
A day earlier, Kyrgios was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open singles second round as the Russian won 7-6 (1) 6-4 4-6 6-4. “No matter how little I train or how much I play, I'll always lift for matches like this,” Kyrgios said after the match.
“I'm not going to shy away from it. Obviously, I'm not happy with drawing Daniil Medvedev [in the] second round because my ranking slipped. If I play 95 per cent of people tonight on that court, I think I win, to be honest with you.
“That's just the way it is. I'm just proud of the way I carried myself. I fought, I gave a good show, and that's it. I'm not thinking about my next tournaments or anything like that”. it remains to be seen how far can Kokkinakis and Kyrgios go in Melbourne.