Thanasi Kokkinakis hopes Nick Kyrgios stuns Dominic Thiem at AO

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Thanasi Kokkinakis hopes Nick Kyrgios stuns Dominic Thiem at AO
Thanasi Kokkinakis hopes Nick Kyrgios stuns Dominic Thiem at AO

Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis hopes that his fellow compatriot Nick Kyrgios will stun world No. 3 Dominic Thiem on Friday and be in good spirits for their doubles match. Kokkinakis, ranked at No. 207 in the world, competed extremely well against world No.

6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in their second round clash but fell just short in the end. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 5, edged out former world No. 69 Kokkinakis 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-4 to reach the third round at Melbourne Park. Kokkinakis was scheduled to play a doubles match with Kyrgios later on Thursday but the rain postponed their match.

"Hopefully Nick can get over the line tomorrow, and then I think we have doubles on Saturday. It's going to be good fun. He was going to have to carry me a little bit today. I would have been pretty tired. It's good playing with a close mate," Kokkinakis said after the match, per Michal Samulski.

Kokkinakis praised by Tsitsipas

After losing a total of six games against Soonwoo Kwon in the first round, Kokkinakis played extremely well against one of the best players in the world. Tsitsipas managed to survive a tough Kokkinakis challenge but after the match said he was happy to see the Australian back to the courts.

Kokkinakis, who had a breakthrough season on the Tour in 2015, has been battling with various injuries over the last several years. “I think he has a huge forehand, [a] very good serve. All the potential is there. I really hope he stays injury-free, because it can be very frustrating.

I have dealt with it, and I know it's very difficult mentally to go through things like this. I just wish him good health and that he can compete an entire year without any pain or anything bothering him," Tsitsipas said of Kokkinakis.

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