Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis win doubles opener at US Open


Australian pair Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are nonetheless alive of their quest for a second grand slam title of the 12 months after a hard-fought win within the first spherical of the US Open.

The Australian Open champions took down Hugo Gaston of France and Italian Lorenzo Musetti after dropping the primary set at Louis Armstrong Stadium. 

The eighth-seeded pair took two hours to finish the 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win, not helped by lacking out on their first three match factors.

With Kyrgios serving at 5-4, he bought them to 40-0, earlier than making an attempt an underarm serve on their first shot at profitable the match, however Musetti dug out the return and received the purpose.

On the following level, nice hustle by Gaston pressured a determined Kyrgios tweener, however once more the European pair stayed within the match.

They bought again to deuce, earlier than Kyrgios discovered his radar to serve out the match.

Meanwhile, within the males’s singles, Australia misplaced three rivals, with James Duckworth, Alexei Popyrin and Jason Kubler all knocked out.

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James Duckworth returns a shot in opposition to Daniel Evans of Great Britain at the US Open.(Getty Images: Julian Finney)

Duckworth will depart the US Open with a rankings increase, a wholesome physique and a giant pay cheque however was left disenchanted at not having the ability to drag twentieth seed Dan Evans right into a fifth set in a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 second-round loss to the Briton.

“I started playing some alright tennis in the third and fourth sets. The first two were pretty bad,” he stated.

“Up a break in the fourth and was pretty unlucky the game I got broken.”

Still, the 30-year-old is ready to leap eight spots within the rankings to world quantity 75, virtually actually making certain him direct entry to the primary grand slam of 2022 in Melbourne.

The Sydneysider has endured 10 rounds of foot, elbow, shoulder and hip surgical procedure to maintain his profession afloat.

“I take a lot of positives with my body. I was really happy with how my body was. I’m feeling way better than I was even a month ago,” he stated.

“Moving pretty well and my tennis slowly getting better. I feel like I’m getting better every week. It’s positive. I’ve still got a bit to go but it’s good stuff.”

Popyrin misplaced to 14th-seeded Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (8/6) in a straight-sets loss that lasted virtually 4 hours.

Popyrin truly hit extra aces and winners than his opponent, however his unforced error rely blew out to 69 over 3 hours and 42 minutes on court docket.

Kubler’s match in opposition to twenty second seed Frances Tiafoe was an identical story, lasting greater than three hours however in the end ending in a 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/2) win for the American.

Max Purcell and Matt Ebden paired up within the males’s doubles to down Andres Molteni and Santiago Gonzalez in three units, Storm Sanders and Daria Saville each made it via with their companions within the ladies’s doubles, whereas Samantha Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic each bowed out.

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