US Open 2022 tennis scores Nick Kyrgios vs Thanasi Kokkinakis result winner Australia first round matches
Nick Kyrgios is through to the second round of the US Open after a straight-set victory over childhood friend Thanasi Kokkinakis at Flushing Meadows.
Kyrgios was well and truly in control for most of this highly anticipated Australian clash, claiming his ascendancy after breaking the deadlock midway through the first set.
The No. 23 seed broke Kokkinakis’ serve early in the first set, with virtually everything else having gone as planned for both men beforehand.
Playing with the advantage, he took advantage of it in the very next game as he fought his way to an opening set to like the lead.
Kyrgios had the lead and wasn’t going to let it go, doing exactly what he needed to do to win the second set 6-4.
He had gotten off to a perfect start to this period of the game, taking a 2-0 lead after breaking his great friend’s serve early on.
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Kokkinakis, however, bounced back in a big way and looked like he could even win the third set with his deadly serves.
When it looked like ace after ace for the South Australian, Kyrgios hung on to take the game to a decisive tie-break.
After a mini service break, Kyrgios then sealed victory in straight sets (6-3, 6-4, 7-6) with an ace. Reflecting on the game, Kyrgios said he ‘never’ wants to play against his best friend again.
“I think I played some good first sets,” Kyrgios said.
“When we both saw the draw it was honestly a nightmare. We never want to play against each other.
“I can’t wait to be on the court and play doubles with him on the right side of the net in a few days.
“We will face each other again, hopefully never again.”
Nick Kyrgios stole the show before the game even started, with a cheeky remark off the pitch.
Before his clash with Kokkinakis, the referee reminded Kyrgios that sideline training is allowed in this year’s tournament.
“Dude, don’t worry, I don’t need a coach,” Kyrgios said.
Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge praised Kyrgios’ good behavior as the 27-year-old was mostly quite calm throughout the match.
“What I love is he’s always about putting on a good show, he (the show) was about the antics, now it’s about the racket,” Woodbridge said.
“The show is the racket, it’s amazing.”