Thanasi Kokkinakis Gets Point Penalty in Final Set Tiebreaker, Loses Epic Match Against Denis Kudla

Published 07/20/2021, 4:03 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis in action during his second round match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Thanasi Kokkinakis has displayed a great performance at the Los Cabos Open in Mexico. The Australian lost a hard-fought battle in the first round of the tournament, as he lost a point due to a penalty. He was playing with a broken racquet during the third set tiebreak.

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While Denis Kudla emerged as the victor of a 3 hour 10 minute-long battle, Kokkinakas surely played some great tennis before losing 6-4, 6-7, 6-7.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis ends up on the losing side after a frustrating battle

Kokkinakis ended up losing a penalty point due to a broken racquet in the third set. He was trailing behind at 2-4 during the tiebreak in the third set.

Despite being on the losing side in the end, he aced the game right from the beginning, quite literally. The Aussie dominated on all fronts, as he recorded 23 aces against Denis.

The match went right till the wire, as the second and third set saw a few dramatic tiebreakers. Kokkinakis was losing his focus in some places and also broke his racquet during the match.

He was losing out at the end, as he converted only two break points out of the nine he had. On the other hand, Denis converted one break point out of the two he had the chance for. After playing really well for three hours, it was the last finish that Kokkinakis couldn’t cross.

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Denis will either meet Ernesto Escobedo or Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the tournament. It will be an all-American battle, irrespective of Ernesto and McDonald’s winner.

As for Thanasi Kokkinakis, the curtains have been drawn for him. Fans will hope for a stronger comeback from the Aussie, after he failed to qualify for the main draw at the Wimbledon Championships.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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