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Tennis-Kyrgios, Kokkinakis end ‘Special Ks’ show with doubles triumph

Randy Mancini 6 Jan 29
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Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Doubles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 29, 2022 Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis celebrate winning the final against Australia's Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell with the trophy REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

January 29, 2022

(Reuters) – The “Special Ks” show at the Australian Open ended on a high after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis lifted the men’s doubles titles by defeating compatriots Max Purcell and Matt Ebden in the final on Saturday.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, nicknamed the “Special Ks” as juniors, entertained the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena with a 7-5 6-4 victory under the lights.

It was a first doubles triumph for the pair at a Grand Slam and they also became the first wildcard team to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title in the professional era.

A backhand from Kokkinakis sealed the first break of the match in the 11th game and the duo closed out the opening set on their service game as the fans imitated Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous “Siuuu!” goal celebration to cheer the duo.

The duo took a 4-3 lead in the second set after breaking to love before they had a match point denied by their opponents at 5-4.

The pair finally wrapped up the match on serve, with Kyrgios blasting two aces as they won the contest in 95 minutes.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis enjoyed a dream run at the tournament, where they stunned top seeds Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic of Croatia in the second round.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)