Without a doubt, Thanasi Kokkinakis He is one of the prominent names of the first round of the Australian Open 2021. The local, who entered the tournament as a guest, triumphed comfortably and in straight sets against South Korean Soonwoo Kwon. It was 6-4, 6-1 and 6-1.
The former 69th in the world became known in 2018 by beating nothing more and nothing less than Roger Federer at the Masters 1000 in Miami by 3-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (4). With this historic victory, Kokkinakis became the fifth lowest ranked player (175th at the time) to defeat number one..
After being for several years with a series of injuries that prevented him from playing and having come to think about retirement, the Australian was able today to achieve his first win since September 2019: it was in the Challenger of Tiburon (California) against Thai-Son Kwlatkowski. He won 2-6, 6-2 and 6-1.
After the Australian Open first round match, Roger Federer sent his colleague a message on Instagram to congratulate him. “Well done, I’m happy for you,” wrote the Swiss.