Thursday January 27, 2022

Thanasi Kokkinakis reacts to saving two MPs in Adelaide thriller versus Marin Cilic

Wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis was absolutely thrilled after edging out Marin Cilic to reach the Adelaide 2 final. Kokkinakis, ranked at No. 145 in the world, beat Cilic in a thriller clash 6-2 3-6 7-6 (10). “I’m just gonna enjoy this tonight as much as I can, get mentally and physically ready for tomorrow,” Kokkinakis said, per the Adelaide International website.

“It’s gonna be a tough final. He (Rinderknech) has played great this week, beaten a lot of quality players. “But I’ve got to back myself, don’t I? I’ve had a great week. “It’s been almost five years (since I’ve been in an ATP final).

I’m just going to try and enjoy it. Back home, I couldn’t have asked for it anywhere else, honestly”.

Kokkinakis saved two match points to beat Cilic

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After winning the second set, Cilic got off to a good start to the third set as he took an early 2-0 lead.

However, Kokkinakis refused to quit as he got the break back in the fourth game. The set eventually went into a decider, in which Kokkinakis took a 6-2 lead. Cilic saved four consecutive match points but then failed to convert any of his two match points.

Kokkinakis finally realized his seventh match point to set up a final against Arthur Rinderknech. “I felt the buzz. It was crazy. Best atmosphere I’ve played in in some time, maybe the best ever,” Kokkinakis said.

“I played a great breaker up until 6-2, and then I tightened up like nothing else. He got a match point, and I was like, I can either go into my shell, or I can die wondering. “I just tried to tee off on a backhand line, pulled it off, hit some big serves, and I don’t know, I was just playing on adrenalin. “You guys (the crowd) got me through”.

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