Nick Kyrgios news: Australian doubles duo reach the semi-final in their home Grand Slam
Australian doubles pair Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are through to the semi finals of the Australian Open, and are in touching distance of winning their home Grand Slam.
Packed out crowds have supported the pair despite doubles matches not usually being a main draw for fans – but given it’s a home crowd and Kyrgios is such a big and unexpected personality, it isn’t hard to see why, and it wasn’t any different on the Kia Arena for their 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win against Tim Puetz and Michael Venus.
While Kyrgios and Kokkinakis relished the atmosphere and used that to their advantage, it’s clear to see that world No 18 Puetz and New Zealander Venus, who were the sixth seeds for the competition, didn’t feel the same as they were big favourites to do well in the tournament but have bowed out before the Grans Slam gets to its critical point.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie 🇦🇺@tkokkinakis & @nickkyrgios reach their first Grand Slam semifinal with a 7-5 3-6 6-3 upset over No.6 seeds Tim Puetz & Michael Venus.#AusOpen · #AO2022
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— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2022
Kyrgios was up to his usual antics during the match, accidentally hitting a boy in the crowd when he hit a ball away, but all was forgiven when the volatile character gave his racket to the young fan and the doubles duo claimed victory in the deciding set.
“Unreal scenes,” said Kyrgios.
“I’m not finished. I want to win this f***ing thing.
“It’s been incredible. Another tough, tough win. They brought some serious tennis. As long as I’m playing this sport and playing in Australia, you sure will have a show.”
This is the highest Kyrgios and Kokkinakis have ever got in a professional major tournament but they have got a taste of success before, they won the Wimbledon junior title together, but now they want success in their senior careers and they’re hoping they’ll find it in their semi final match against third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
“When we walk through that tunnel, there’s no feeling like it,” said the 25-year-old.
“We don’t want anything else. This is perfect. The rowdier the better. Everyone seems to have a problem. Keep rustling some feathers guys.”
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis play Granollers and Zeballos in their semi final on Thursday.
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