Thanasi Kokkinakis has won his maiden ATP title after defeating Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the final of the Adelaide International.
- Thanasi Kokkinakis has been crowned champion at the Adelaide International
- It is the Australian’s first win on the ATP tour
- American Madison Keys won the women’s title earlier in the day
The Australian came from a set down to win the tight struggle 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Ahead of next week’s Australian Open, Kokkinakis had to work hard for the title, with both men brilliant on serve.
The first two sets went to tie breaks.
It took 128 minutes before the first break of serve and it went the way of the Australian.
It came in the opening game of the deciding set when Kokkinakas finally grabbed his opportunity.
He was up love-30 in the game, before the Frenchmen pulled it back to 30-all.
But then the 25-year-old turned up the pressure to win the next two points and take the upper hand in the deciding set.
He maintained control by winning his next service game to love, to take a two-game lead in the set.
With a boisterous crowd right behind him, Kokkinakis maintained his composure as he closed in on his maiden title.
He finished off the match with just the second break of serve in the match.
Madison Keys wins Adelaide WTA event in Australian Open build-up
Madison Keys has warmed up for the Australian Open by winning an all-American final of the WTA tournament in Adelaide against Alsion Riske.
The 2017 US Open runner-up never allowed her compatriot a look into the contest, powering her way to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in just over an hour to claim her sixth WTA title.
Keys, who has slipped to her current 87th-ranking due to injuries and a form slump in recent years, had progressed to the final after overcoming a leg injury to beat third-seed Coco Gauff in three sets in another all-American match up in the semi-finals.
On Saturday, Keys showed why she has been ranked as a high as seven in the world, with her powerful serve and attacking ground strokes proving too hot to handle for Riske.
Keys claimed the first set in 29 minutes.
The 57th-ranked Riske then lost her opening service game of the second set from which she never recovered as Keys broke again late in the second set and then served it out for her first title since winning at Cincinnati in 2019.
Keys faces a tricky first-round opponent at Melbourne Park next week in 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.
Riske plays Donna Vekic in the first round.