Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the Australian Open final after Ash Barty’s historic title
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis claim men’s doubles title
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open beating fellow Australians Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-4 in the final.
The pair, who as wildcards beat a trio of top-seeded sides to advance to the final, finished their fairy tale run in a tight affair in which they never faced a point. breakup.
Kyrgios served it for like as Kokkinakis fended off the game-winning volley.
The match, however, was not without controversy and, as has been the case with Kyrgios’ matches this Australian Open, it was in the crowd, not on the pitch.
As Purcell served to stay in the Championship at 3-5 in the second set, a fan shouted loudly as he served.
Purcell and Ebden won the point but Purcell said the referee should have called a let for obstruction.
TV cameras quickly found the culprit and all the players stopped as Kyrgios demanded the unruly spectator be sent off.
He and two others sitting with him were.
The incident might have taken away some of the shine, but Purcell held on, saved a championship point with a huge serve and when Ebden fended off an angled volley they forced Kyrgios to serve the game at 5-4.
With the powerful, precise serve he’s known for, he did, and then he and Kokkinakis embraced.
Purcell, who at 23 has made two Grand Slam doubles finals, could do nothing but respect the winners after the match.
“You guys were way too good,” he said before nodding to what he’d like to see from Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.
“Hopefully we’ll see you team up on the doubles court later this year because it’s great fun watching you play.”
Kokkinakis later told Kyrgios that he would like to see him play at the French Open, an event Kyrgios is notoriously indifferent to.
However, the couple is far from indifferent to each other.
Friends since childhood, the love they share for each other has been on display at every tournament, and after the victory neither shy away from expressing it – Kokkinakis and Kyrgios were on point after both congratulating Ebden and Purcell on a stellar tournament.
“Nick, I love you bro,” Kokkinakis said.
“I can honestly say we didn’t even expect to come close, but with the help of you guys [crowd] all week, it’s been amazing.”
Kyrgios, so often a verbal roller coaster about his feelings towards the sport, gave a positive view of what victory meant to him.
“This week has been a dream come true for me,” Kyrgios said.
“I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else. I’m just super happy.”
That Kokkinakis hit the game-winning volley was fitting.
In many ways, he was the star of the game and was the catalyst for the team dubbed the “Special Ks” in the opening set.
When it came to big runs, it was his groundstrokes, especially the forehand, that caused Ebden and Purcell the most trouble.
This was especially true for Ebden, who made a few critical errors at net and was the only player to have his serve broken in the game.
The first time this happened was at 5-5 in the first set.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis needed four break points to get there and in the end it was two very good efforts from Kokkinakis that secured the break.
He first created the chance with a forehand down the line past Ebden, then his diving backhand return forced a volley error from Ebden to give them the break.
Kokkinakis duly served the set.
It was more or less the same in the second set, as things went with the serve for the most part.
In fact, 19 straight points went to server until Kyrgios and Kokkinakis broke Ebden at love for a 4-3 lead that marked the beginning of the end for him and Purcell’s charge.