ATP Finals: Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis exit event after losing tight key match

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ATP Finals: Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis exit event after losing tight key match

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have failed to secure a final semifinal spot in the doubles event at the ATP Finals. On Friday, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis needed to beat Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in order to seal a semifinal spot from the Green Group.

Unfortunately for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, they didn't get the job done as Mektic and Pavic beat the Australian duo 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4). The first set was an extremely tight contest as not a single break point was seen in the first set.

Then, the key moment of the first set tie-break was when Mektic and Pavic won three points in a row to open a 6-3 lead. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis saved the first set point but they couldn't save the second as Mektic and Pavic won a tight opener.

The first and lone break point of the match was seen in the third game of the second set, when Kyrgios and Kokkinakis avoided going down by an early break in the second set. In the second set tie-break, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis won the first point before Mektic and Pavic won six points in a row to open a 6-1 and earn five consecutive match points.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis saved the first three match points but couldn't save the fourth as Mektic and Pavic completed a tight two-set win.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis failed to make the semifinal

Earlier in the day, Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski defeated Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 7-5 4-6 10-6.

Koolhof and Skupski missed out on two set points in the 10th game of the first set, but realized their third set point two games later to win the first set. After losing the first set, Dodig and Krajicek earned their first break of the match in the fifth game of the second set and then held on to their serve the rest of the set to force a decider.

However, Koolhof and Skupski impressively bounced back from losing the second set as they opened an 8-1 lead in the match tie-break before realizing their fourth match point to complete a three-set win. Because Koolhof and Skupski finished with a 2-1 record, they were the team that made the semifinal instead of Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.