Aussie stars in Atlanta ahead of the US Open

Pictured left are Atlanta Open doubles champions Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios, right singles winner Alex de Minaur.

Australia’s men dominated the Atlanta Open with Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios winning the doubles title and Alex de Minaur claiming the singles crown. Image: Getty

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis delivered a stunning clean win for Australia after winning the Atlanta Open doubles title in straight sets.

In an all-Australia final against Jason Kubler and John Peers, this year’s Australian Open winners prevailed 7-6(4) 7-5 in one day Alex de Minaur also won the singles title.

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De Minaur made it a second career title in Atlanta after beating American Jenson Brooksby in the final to continue his good form ahead of the US Open, which begins later this month.

De Minaur, 23, won the Atlanta Open crown three years ago, triumphing over Brooksby 6-3, 6-3 to capture the sixth ATP Tour title of his career.

Based on the win, De Minaur will move up nine spots in the world rankings to No. 21, boding well for the final Major of the year at Flushing Meadows.

Winning in Atlanta in 2019 saw him advance to the fourth round of the Major, which begins in late August.

It’s de Minaur’s first title since last June at Eastbourne and his sixth ATP Tour title overall.

De Minaur had to work hard to reach the decider after recovering from a deficit in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, but the plucky Aussie always persevered when the pressure was on.

“It was great to get another title under my name – it’s my sixth and not many people have done that so I feel great,” de Minaur, who reached week two of Wimbledon for the first time this year, said .

“I feel great in my game. I’ve put a lot of work into it so it’s great to see the hard work paying off.”

The final was a duel between two of the best defenders on the ATP Tour, but it was de Minaur’s offense that proved critical as he went past the home favorite after 91 minutes.

“I knew it was going to be a very tactical, chess-like match that we were both going to play,” said the third seedling.

“I’m glad I was able to implement my game plan and win, but it was a very tough match.

“A lot of times it could have gone either way and even though the scoreboard said three and three it felt very, very close.”

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis clean up Aussie

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis made it a day to enjoy for Australia after adding Atlanta’s doubles title to their Australian Open major earlier in the year.

It was Australia’s first singles and doubles win on the ATP Tour since Bernard Tomic won the singles crown and Sam Groth and Chris Guccione won the doubles title in Bogota in 2014.

Seen here, Australian couple Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis react after winning the Atlanta Open doubles title.

Australian couple Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis react after winning the Atlanta Open doubles title. Image: Getty

The victory afterwards was all the more remarkable Kyrgios retired from the individual competition last week citing a knee injury.

The ‘Special Ks’ needed 94 minutes to claim their second ATP Tour-level doubles title after also winning a rain-delayed semi-final earlier in the day.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis saved all four break points they faced in the league game and improved their doubles record this season to 13 wins from 15 games.

Tennis fans took to social media afterwards to celebrate what many described as “Aussie dominance” in Atlanta.

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