Thanasi Kokkinakis feels ready to face Rafael Nadal in the US Open second round on Thursday following his first round win over Ilya Ivashka. The Australian player said: "I know I have the capabilities to beat these good players.
I'm just going to go out there and treat it like any other match and play aggressive and play my game. I definitely think I can do some things. That's kind of what's kept me ticking. If I thought I had like a ceiling of maybe around 100 or 60 to 70 (in the world), if that's where I was going to play, then maybe I would have hung up my racquets for sure."
"I give myself a chance for sure. It's going to be tough - very physical but I'm ready for it. I know what he brings. I've seen him play enough, I hope. I'm going to play my game and see what happens. I've played a lot of lefties in my last tournament so just treat it like a better version of them.
I'm going to give it a crack." On how he has been dealing with injuries, Kokkinakis added: Obviously I feel like I've had a lot of my tennis career so far, to this point, taken away. I knew the first two sets, getting those under my belt was going to be big.
Luckily I got the second set after I broke a string on set point. What are the odds? I've probably been playing for two hours and then on that point it breaks but, you know, that's tennis. It's definitely a massive relief."