Wild Cards Kyrgios and Kokkinakis sizzle crowd at Melbourne quarterfinal win



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Wild Cards Kyrgios and Kokkinakis sizzle crowd at Melbourne quarterfinal win

I'm not finished, I wanna win this," Nick Kyrgios exclaimed as the crowds went crazy for him and his partner's 'on court' antics. The other half of the fashionable doubles' team - Thanasi Kokkinakis have been exciting players since young teens in Australia.

But with injuries and circumstances, they've been separated for some time now. Kyrgios hasn't played consistently in singles since the summer and doubles for him never got to the quarters since back in July with partner Jack Sock at the Atlanta Open.

As for Kokkinakis, he's been battling injuries and recuperation to get back on the competitive court. He'd struggled to make the semifinal of Challenger event in France. He'd felt his game coming together at a Romanian Challenger which landed him in the final but to lose to Stefano Travaglia in straight sets.

It was his next event in his hometown which was the charm as he went deep into the final of the Adelaide International 2 to win his first career title. "I wouldn't want to win my first title anywhere else," he proclaimed getting very emotional.

The K team made their imprint on fellow Aussies, Alex Bolt and James Mccabe at the opening round winning 6-4, 6-2. They would keep up their victory streak with the second and third rounds but then as they landed in the quarter final things started getting seriousquarterfinal final round against opponents Germany's Tim Putz and fellow Aussie Michael Venus was action packed and crowd supported.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis had won their opening set of 6-4. But between the screams and banging the second set they became less concentrated and focused losing 4-6. It didn't take them much time to re-group as flags and banners waved in the air and the energy crowd had for them was immeasurable.

"I feel like we are just relatable," Kyrgios would say with a huge grin. The predominantly Aussie crowd just wanted to see some good tennis and they weren't disappointed. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis worked well together and it felt successful for once.

It might have been the isolation and lockdown that brought out so many fans but it was well appreciated by these good ole boys. "We're seeing these stands packed...we don't want anything else, this is perfect," Kokkinakis coyly smiled.

Aces, drop shots and just a winning rally turned on the explosive crowd. Everyone was pleased to be in the environment, maybe not the Aussie opponents though. Here's hoping that the 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win from Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will carry over when they enter the semifinal against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos and Spain's Marcel Granollers.

The injuries and sicknesses that plagued Kokkinakis and Kyrgios hopefully was a thing of the past. These hometown guys will not be denied and will play gritty to extend their wins just maybe into the final to keep the screams and fun times growing.