Alex Bolt reflects on surprise win over Thanasi Kokkinakis in Melbourne



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Alex Bolt reflects on surprise win over Thanasi Kokkinakis in Melbourne

World No. 174 Alex Bolt created a comeback on Monday at the Murray River Open to beat fellow compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis 2-6 6-4 6-3. Bolt serves out the opening game of the match but then lost his serve in back-to-back games as Kokkinakis easily won the opener.

In the second set -- no breaks were seen until the 10th game -- when Bolt earned his first break of the match to win the second set and force a decider. In the third set, Bolt broke Kokkinakis in the sixth game and held on to his serve to complete a comeback win.

"He came out very consistent, didn’t give me many freebies. I felt like as the match went on, I settled in. Coming in I didn’t have too much expectation as it’s my first match in a while," Bolt said after the match, as revealed by Jedd Zetzer.

Bolt plays next against Mackenzie McDonald

"I can think back on those moments I’ve had out here. I’ve had some good wins and that gives me the confidence to come back out here," Bolt added. Meanwhile, Australian world No.

121 Christopher O'Connell claimed his first win over a top-80 player after beating Dominik Koepfer 5-7 6-4 6-1 at the Great Ocean Road Open. "I had no idea,” O'Connell said afterward. “(I was mostly pleased) firstly about just being out on court.

I’m super pumped to be back out there”. "I started off a bit slow, maybe a bit of nerves, a little bit rusty but that’s to be expected first match of the year. I’m just happy to come from a set down and win the match,” Australia's Max Purcell and Aleksandar Vukic also claimed wins on Monday at the Great Ocean Road Open.

"It’s awesome when there’s a good group of Australian guys coming through together,” said O’Connell. “We’re training with each other all the time, so we’re pushing each other … it’s a good feeling. “I can’t wait to get out there again”.