Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis bow out of ATP Finals

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have been eliminated from the doubles draw of the ATP Finals.

The Special Ks lost their final group stage match to Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić in straight sets, falling 7-6(4) 7-6(4).

The result follows a stunning comeback victory in their second match, which temporarily kept them alive at the end-of-season tournament.

A win against the No. 4 seed Croatians would have put the Australian duo in contention for the semi-finals, but their third-place group finish now sees them bow out in Turin. 

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Heading into the match, Mektić and Pavić had already secured their spot in the final four but were able to use their momentum to maintain their undefeated record at the 2022 event.

In what was a tightly-fought affair, neither duo clinched a break point.

However, it was the Croatians’ experience that shined through, as they went on to win both tiebreaks and simultaneously send their opponents packing.

Kyrgios put his athletic shot-making skills on display throughout the match, but the Australian duo was could not string enough consecutive points together to claim that elusive break of serve.

Remarkably, the Special Ks served 17 aces and did not face a single break point, but were still unable to edge the tie.

The result is almost a form of retribution for Mektić and Pavić, who were knocked out in the second round of this year’s Australian Open by Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.

A locker room confrontation involving the Australian pair and Mektić and Pavić’s trainers followed, with Kyrgios later revealing he and Kokkinakis were threatened with violence.

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The Croatians will now face Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara in the semi-finals, with Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury to battle Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski for the other spot in the doubles final.

As for the eliminated Australians, Kokkinakis will now head to Spain to compete in next week’s Davis Cup Finals, whilst Kyrgios is set to use his off-season to prepare for the 2023 Australian Open.

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