Australian teen stars Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis both won incredible 5-set matches on opening day at the Australian Open last night.
The 19-year-old Kygrios, a quarterfinal at Wimbledon, survived a bad back to upend Argentine Federico Delbonis 76(2), 36, 63, 67(5), 63 to make the second round.
“That was massive,” Kyrgios said. “Obviously I haven’t played a lot of competitive tennis in the past couple months due to injury. It was really good to get my first win again. It was my first win in 2015, Australian Open. I’m really pleased I got through. I’m really happy the way I pulled up, as well.
“I maybe felt pretty nervous out there obviously. A lot of expectation. So, you know, I didn’t really have much confidence. You know, I haven’t played a lot of matches. Haven’t won a lot of matches in the last couple months. I had belief in myself how things were going to swing.”
Kygrios now meets Ivo Karlovic on Wednesday.
Just before Kyrgios wrapped up, Kokkinakis finished of Ernests Gulbis also in five sets, 57, 60, 16, 76(2), 86.
“A lot of matches last year I was winning a set against these good players, but never able to finish the match through,” Kokkinakis said. “I’m really happy with how I stuck together. Even though I thought for a lot of the period of that time I wasn’t playing my best tennis, I found a way to kind of get the points there, the games I needed to.
“I beat a guy that made the semis of the French. He probably wasn’t in his best form tonight. You can only control what you can control, so just tried to make things uncomfortable for him. Yeah, he’s beaten some good players before and I’ve beaten him, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Next for Thanasi is countryman Sam Groth.
“I’m proud of Thanasi because he’s dealing with things as well,” added Kyrgios. “That’s a massive win for him. That’s his first I guess nearly top 10 win, so I’m happy for him.”
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