Tennis news: Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated, Nitto ATP Finals, scores, video
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis were beaten in their last outing at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
The Australian duo lost in straight sets to Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6, 7-6.
That makes two losses in three games for the Special Ks at the end of the season’s ATP event and eliminates them. Crushing their hopes of being double kings.
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The Croatian duo had already booked their place in the last four but got revenge on the Aussies after they were knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round by the newly formed doubles team.
A hotly contested affair featured plenty of highlights, with Kyrgios putting the Aussies close to leveling things at a set apiece.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and the defeat prevents them from going further in the competition.
During the back-and-forth affair, Kyrgios’ frustrations boiled over and his frustration was vented onto his racket.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis kept their semi-final hopes alive after picking up a stunning second victory.
After sitting on the brink of defeat, Kyrgios took his game to another level at the end of the second set and went completely nuts, driving the crowds up in Turin, Italy as the Special Ks forced a decisive tie-break.
Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek led the tie-break 5-1 but Kyrgios and Kokkinakis rallied to claim the game’s final nine points and seal a sensational victory.
“I had to take it out of tennis because we were dominated – and then the energy just got us over the line,” Kyrgios said after the win.
“The crowd was amazing – they got us across the line, honestly. I don’t think the other pair really had a clue what was going on.
The Croatian pair will face Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara in one semi-final, with Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury taking on Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in the other for a place in the final.
However, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will now head into the tennis offseason before returning and looking to defend their Australian Open doubles crown in January.
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