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Thanasi Kokinakis and Nick Kyrgios get the trophy. Kokinakis says: “Nick, I love you, brother.”
Kyrgios arrives. “You’ve matured, nice to see. I’m so happy, I don’t know how we’re doing this. I know this big boy is going to go out tonight, so ladies, come on. I have to stop now I’ve crossed the limit.”
Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodford, The Woodies, of course, are the first to present the prize to Purcell and Abden. “Those guys are really nice,” Ebden says. By the way, Purcell has a nice Australian mullet, very much Henry Ramsay style.
The scenes are emotional, the wide smile, Hug and Kyrgios jog your partner and they are close to tears. He had a lot in common with his opponents. Wild scenery even in Melbourne Park outside of the crowd.
Kokinakis and Kyrgios beat Abden and Purcell 7-5, 6-4 to win Australian Open men’s doubles title
So, Kyrgios will complete it. 30-0 comes fast. So does 40-0, and three championship points. Definitely now. And yes, it’s done! Purcell returned and Kokinakis won.
Kokinakis and Kyrgios 7-5 5-4 Ebden and Purcell*
A catch, an eventful catch. It all starts with the boo and a line around the umpire’s chair as Kokinakis asks to call after someone shouts as the serve is made and the point is played.
The criminal gets caught on TV and is seen laughing. Kyrgios wants the rogue to get out and as a measure of safety he makes his wish come true. The entire stadium erupts with joy as the shouter and his companions leave. Purcell double fault at 15-15. Kokinakis then volleyed to leave him and his friend two points short. Kokinakis overshot to go 30-30, though it was close. Ebden forces 40-30 with a stop volley. Kokinakis then deuce by crashing the ball over Purcell’s midriff. Kyrgios tries to move his basketball stuff around at home and messes it up. very attractive. Kokinakis then saves a game point with some momentum from the back of the court. Kokinakis then forces a winner, smashing it with real poison, and it suddenly becomes a championship point. This has been saved by some serving Ebden. Then Kyrgios gets very excited again and remembers his winner. Advantage, and one claimed when Kokinakis is sent behind the umpire’s chair and the ball cannot be retrieved.
*Kokkinakis and Kyrgios 7-5 5-3 Ebden and Purcell
Oops. An ace on a Kokinakis serve equalizes it 15-15. Then till 30-15. But Ebden forces an error and 30-30, which means it’s a big deal. He missed the first serve. But Kyrgios holds firm to the net, sending Purcell scrambling and unable to get the ball back. Oh, double blame, and the first of the entire match. But in deuce, Kokinakis played a lovely forehand behind the court to claim the advantage. And then, sliding to the floor, he passes the ball helplessly past Ebden. A big catch. Kyrgios picks up his partner in celebration.
Kokinakis and Kyrgios 7-5 4-3 Ebden and Purcell*
A point against the service? It seems like it’s been a while, and Kokinakis’ energy forces it. 0-15 on Abden serve and then 0-30. Kyrgios then gave Ebden three break points. The Kokinakis claims them with more blows. There is a big break and K Boys can register a win here.
*Kokkinakis and Kyrgios 7-5 3-3 Ebden and Purcell
Kyrgios’ serve looks less secure than his fellow Aussie’s but still does things to love.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 7-5 2-3 Ebden & Purcell*
Purcell’s service continues to be strong. And a whipped second serve means another game served for love. They should just go to the tie-break and be done with it.
*Kokkinakis and Kyrgios 7-5 2-2 Ebden and Purcell
The big winner down Kokinakis’ line takes it 15-0. His serve looks rock solid, as is his back-up game. 40-0 arrives soon. To love does as a service game.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 7-5 1-2 Ebden & Purcell*
Better serving, better volleying and the defense of Abden and Purcell are looking strong as they look to play the game to love the Purcell ace.
*Kokkinakis and Kyrgios 7-5 1-1 Ebden and Purcell
Purcell’s roar gave him and his teammate a 15-30 lead. Kokinakis’ backhand volley flattens it out at 30-30. Kyrgios hits the hammer to take the ball 40-30. Then, from their service level to the level, they go beyond the court.
Kokinakis and Kyrgios 7-5 0-1 Ebden and Purcell*
Purcell serves, and the second set begins with all players fencing. Kokinakis’ lob is fine but Ebden’s safety play equals the task. Purcell returned home 40-0. They give their service with some ease.
Kokinakis and Kyrgios won the first set 7-5
Serves two and it’s 30-0, with Ebden struggling to make a comeback. Then Purcell’s error sets up three set points. Kokinakis, after serving, crashes into an Abden backhand, taking it to a 1–0 lead.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 6-5 Ebden & Purcell*
First break, last. 0-30 K suggests an opening for twins. But Purcell remains solid at the net and it’s 15-30, then a big comeback from Kokinakis grabs two break points. First save by quiet volleying from Purcell, then Kokinakis misses a big chance for a winner down the line. He relieves himself with a few accidental hits on Abden’s backhand. But it goes back to the deuce. And once again after a forehand is locked between the lines added by Kokinakis across the width of the court. Then he claims another break point. And he finally claims it with a backhand return. He will work for the set.
*Kokkinakis & Kyrgios 5-5 Ebden & Purcell
Kyrgios gets to the task at hand early and runs 30-0, and 40-15 with a forceful lob. Still, a good return from Purcell takes it to 40-30, and then deuce occurs when Kyrgios can’t dig a ball off the baseline and goes long. Claims a huge serve advantage and then Ebden masters the net, creating a series of volleys across the net to equalize. Then a big leave from Kyrgios sees the ball flying out and he serves it, and Ebden misses a winner. Still no brake claimed.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 4-5 Ebden & Purcell*
The K twins go 0-30 on their opponents’ serve but the two do a good job on defense and it comes back to 30-30. Angled serve takes it to 40-30 and Kyrgios is left stunned. Then some Kokinakis power deuce, and some luck on the net cord wins the other. But Purcell is strong on the net to claim the profit before the hold is confirmed. All the pressure works on Kyrgios.
*Kokinakis & Kyrgios 5-4 Ebden & Purcell
Kokinakis’ ace takes it 30-15. Then some baseline hitting from that captures game points. It has been taken and service hold is on.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 3-4 Ebden & Purcell*
Kokinakis ended it after Kyrgios’ angled drop fell from the shovels. Then comes tennis Rabona under feet, but Ebden and Purcell still serve.
*Kokkinakis & Kyrgios 3-3 Ebden & Purcell
The speed of these games. Nick Kyrgios is serving now, and is keeping his pace. A Purcell backhand volley takes it up to 40-30 but the Kokinakis volley is home to those thumping siou sounds.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 3-2 Ebden & Purcell*
Abden works crashing into the kick, and does so to make love, ending up with an ace.
*Kokkinakis & Kyrgios 2-2 Ebden & Purcell
Kokinakis works with poison and starts over, it’s quickfire stuff. Ebden and Purcell are clever operators and are reading him well. Nevertheless, the job is done and the game is on with serve. It’s loud in the stands, all the shrimp sandwiches probably headed to the champagne tent.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 1-2 Ebden & Purcell*
Kokinakis returned Purcell before crashing into a home smash for Edben’s 40-30. Purcell leads the game with some neat volleying.
* Kokinakis and Kyrgios 1-1 Abden and Purcell
222 km/h is the serve speed with which Kyrgios delivers the catch. Plenty of air from him and his companion. I am told that Kyrgios is a good basketball player.
Kokinakis & Kyrgios 0-1 Abden & Purcell*
Matt Ebden and Max Purcell are regularly looking for the opening hold but Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokinakis forced their shots to deuces. In the end, strong middle serve from Ebden proves to be the deciding factor.
Another chance for home glory for Australia, and they can’t afford to lose it. Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokinakis are the fun-guy duo, while Matt Ebden and Max Purcell, the more cerebral duo, are the former mixed doubles champions of their home tournament with Ebden, who won in 2013. Melbourne’s crowd, undoubtedly, is characterized by high numbers. The city’s Greek population will undoubtedly be loudly in favor of the special, but it will be a fun event for home fans after all the worries of seeing Ash Barty in the women’s final. Now that Ash’s done, it could be a feast of Liquid Tennis, though perhaps Krigios could introduce something diabolical into the match.