Thanasi Kokkinakis (ATP-145) has added the Adelaide tournament to his palmares in his own country. The 25-year-old Australian beat a Frenchman for his own people after almost three hours of tennis. A little further on in Sydney, Alsan Karatsev defeated Andy Murray in the final. Not the first title since 2019 for the experienced Scotsman.
Kokkinakis had started the Adelaide tournament with a wild card. The number 145 in the world knocked out a lot of big names.
He defeated Benoît Paire, John Isner and Marin Cilic, among others. He even survived two match balls in the semifinals against the Croat.
In the final, Kokkinakis had to leave the first set to Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, number 58 in the world. Afterwards, he pulled the sheet to himself in an exciting battle.
Andy Murray failed to take his first ATP title since 2019 in Sydney. The Scot, who beat David Goffin in the quarterfinals after his retirement, was a size too small for the Russian Aslan Karatsev, the first seed, in the final.