Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have claimed their first doubles win at the 2022 ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
After losing their opening group stage match at the end-of-season tournament, the Special Ks have bounced back to score a thrilling come-from-behind victory.
The Australian duo defeated No. 5 seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 3-6 6-4 [10-6] in their second round-robin fixture.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis – the No. 8 seeds and lowest-ranked in their group – are now still alive in their hunt for semi-final qualification.
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Dodig and Krajicek entered the clash in sizzling form, having won 14 of their last 16 matches.
The Croatian/American duo’s ability was clear early on, as they comfortably took the first set.
However, the Special Ks re-grouped to win the second set and take the match to a deciding tie-break.
Kyrgios was at the heart of the action, firing up the crowd with some important aces and athletic shot-making.
Whilst it appeared that the momentum had swung the way of the Australians, their opponents responded by dashing out to a commanding 5-1 lead in the tie-break.
The tie was then flipped on its head again when Kyrgios and Kokkinakis won nine of the following 10 points, earning them a stunning victory.
Speaking post-match, Kyrgios highlighted how the crowd’s energy helped them secure the comeback.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘if we lose today, we are out of the whole event, so I am going to go out and there and do what I can do’,” Kyrgios said.
“We are the pair that is able to do that pretty much every time we play. So why don’t we use that to our advantage?
“The crowd was amazing and they got us over the line.”
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With a 1-1 record, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will now face Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in their final Green Group match on Friday (Saturday AEDT).
The Special Ks need to defeat the Wimbledon 2022 finalists – who have not lost this week – to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.