“What a King”: Thanasi Kokkinakis Reveals Special Message From Roger Federer After 1R Victory at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/09/2021, 6:01 AM CST
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis got off to a great start at the Australian Open 2021. The World No. 267 player defeated Kwon Soon-woo in the very first round of the Grand Slam.

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What was completely superb was that Thanasi thrashed his opponent and was able to win the match in straight sets. However, what made his day special was the message that he received from Roger Federer.

Thanasi didn’t give his opponent any sort of chance and dominated the entire match. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

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He became even happier when Federer personally messaged and congratulated him on Instagram. He even took a screenshot of the same and put that on his Instagram story.

“Nice one Thanaser. Happy for you,” wrote Federer in the message.

Even though the Swiss Maestro is not playing at the Australian Open 2021, he seems to be surely keeping an eye on all the matches.

In response to this, Thanasi wrote a message for Federer and even attached a ‘goat’ emoji to honor the tennis legend. “What a king, Roger Federer,” replied a cheerful Thanasi.

When Thanasi Kokkinakis shocked the tennis world by defeating Roger Federer

Fans are quite aware of the special and bitter connection between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Roger Federer. The Australian player earned quite a big name when he defeated Federer in the second round of the Miami Open 2018.

Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Thanasi made a spectacular comeback in that match. After losing the first set, he won the second set and then went on to win the tie-breaker in the final set. The final scoreline of that match was 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

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The Australian has only played once against Federer and surprisingly, he won that contest. Although Federer lost that match, he has surely won the hearts of tennis fans after his great gesture recently.

Thanasi will now face World No.6 Stefanos Tsistsipas in the second round of the Australian Open 2021.

Will he be able to cause yet another upset and knock out the in-form Tsitsipas from the Grand Slam?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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