'Pretty easy': Nick Kyrgios' hilarious quip sends Aus Open fans wild

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis jumping and celebrating (pictured left) and laughing (pictured right) during an interview.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis (pictured) had the crowd on their feet during a crazy doubles win at the Australian Open. (Images: Getty Images/Chanel Nine)

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have delivered a brilliant show and interview after their thrilling 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over 15th seeds Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar.

The 'Special Ks' fought their way into the quarter-finals in front of a full house at Kia Arena on Sunday, having already upset top-ranked Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the second round.

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The match was a rollercoaster with Kokkinakis serving well to begin with, before the pair finished with 26 winners compared to their opponents' 12.

The Australians' form and on-court showmanship have reignited interest in the men's doubles tournament at Melbourne Park, with patriotic and often boisterous crowds flocking to their matches.

Tennis reporter Christopher Clarey said he was walking the concourse at Melbourne Park and could hear the vociferous crowd.

Following the match, tennis great Wally Masur asked the pair: “You’ve backed up a huge win with another great win,” before adding it's “not easy to pick apart these established doubles teams.”

However, Kyrgios quipped: "I mean, it's been pretty easy."

Kyrgios burst into laughter, along with the crowd, as the duo kept the crowd entertained right until the last moment.

The interview did start with members of the crowd letting off the 'siu' celebration, made famous by Cristiano Ronaldo, which has sparked backlash during the Australian Open.

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The enormous crowds flocking to see 'Special K' could pose further questions for TA.

The Kyrgios-Kokkinakis combination is shaping as a potential winner for Australia's Davis Cup qualifier against Hungary in Sydney in early March.

Kyrgios has previously thrived in singles on John Cain Arena and he and Kokkinakis have relished their hectic doubles crowds.

"You can't not get up for matches like this," Kokkinakis said.

Thanasi Kokkinakis (pictured right) and Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) jump and celebrate match point in their third round doubles match at the 2022 Australian Open.
Thanasi Kokkinakis (pictured right) and Nick Kyrgios (pictured left) celebrate match point in their third round doubles match at the 2022 Australian Open. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

"Tell Craig (Tiley) to keep scheduling us out here. This atmosphere is nuts."

The duo next play sixth seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus as they eye adding a senior doubles major to their 2013 Wimbledon junior doubles crown.

"We're winning it," Kyrgios said.

"I definitely think we've got a good shot of winning this.

"We're locked in."

with AAP

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