After being eliminated respectively in the second and first rounds of the Australian Open 2022, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are winning, somewhat surprisingly, in the men's doubles. The two Australians managed to gain access to the quarter-finals after overcoming Behar and Escobar in three sets showing a nice harmony, as well as shots of undoubted class.
In the press conference, especially Kyrgios, he touched on various topics also talking about the big three Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He sad: "It's a surprising victory, another victory at the Australian Open can never be taken for granted.
We didn't know much about our opponents, we just knew they were very successful last year. It was tough, they served very well, we didn't have many options to crush them on the second serve. In the second set we had some problems but quickly in the third set we got back on track, this is already our best result in a Grand Slam.
I think we come with the age and maturity needed for this tournament, so I'm thrilled. I'll do my best to rest well tonight, recover and get back to training." Kyrgios is convinced that, with Kokkinakis, they are the favorites of this Slam: "Normally, when I can in the singles draw, then we lose a little concentration in the doubles, but this time I feel a different feeling.
Honestly, we feel like favorites. From how we are playing it is evident that we have a lot of confidence, we are playing better than ever as a couple. The fans are with us, but we cannot lose concentration. We have to concentrate and remember the moments of the past that were difficult to do better this time."
Kyrgios: "Too much attention Federer, Nadal and Djokovic"
A final joke then on the too much attention, according to the Australian tennis player, which was given towards the big three Djokovic, Nadal and Federer: "The sport is doing a bad job in accepting certain personalities, I think they have only marketed three players in the game.
last decade, which they realize now and that's why they're trying to nudge some Next Gen players. Just as the two young Canadians can do special things in this sport (Felox Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov ed.), I can too.
But tennis has always had this problem with accepting new profiles. What attacks me on TV is watching a Thanasi game, no matter if I win or lose. Tennis needs to embrace this a little more, the match the other day with Medvedev is difficult to find with two other players, not to mention that the level of tennis was also very high."