'Total chaos': Tennis world erupts over Kyrgios and Kokkinakis mayhem
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have progressed through to the Australian Open men's doubles semi-finals after a hell-raising quarter-final victory.
The Aussie's duo's wildly popular run through the doubles bracket continued in front of possibly the most raucous crowd yet at Melbourne Park, claiming a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over Michael Venus and Tim Peütz.
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It was a somewhat acrimonious match at times, with both sides complaining to the chair umpire at various points of the match.
The umpire also had her hands full keeping the rowdy crowd under control, her attempts not helped by a pumped up Kyrgios begging the crowd for more noise as he and Kokkinakis attempted an unlikely second set comeback.
The pair were up 0-40 and had the pro-Australian crowd in delirium with an opportunity to break back at 3-5, but they dropped the next five points to concede the set.
Kyrgios went from sprinting around the court revving up the crowd to slamming his racquet and arguing with the umpire just minutes later.
It was all but one-way traffic in the deciding third set though, with the Aussie pair regaining control of the match and riding the support of the crowd home to a thrilling win.
Speaking after the match, both Kyrgios and Kokkinakis praised and asked for more from the devoted and spirited fans in attendance.
"I'm not finished, I want to win this f***ing thing to be honest bro," Kyrgios said on Channel 9 after the match.
"It's been incredible, I think that was the toughest pair we've played, they brought some serious tennis today, it wasn't easy.
"As long as I'm playing this sport and playing in Australia, you sure will have a show."
Kokkinakis was in agreement, egging the crowd on the bring more noise in their semi-final.
"It wouldn't be a doubles match with us if there wasn't any controversy, everyone seems to have a problem," he quipped.
"Keep rustling some feathers guys, I don't mind it if I'm honest."
Kokkinakis later told the crowd to 'sink p**s and come here' when asked where the semi-final should be held.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis through to doubles semi-final at Australian Open
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will meet third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the semi-finals as they look to seal an unlikely spot in the doubles decider.
Host broadcaster Nine Network seemed to confirm Kyrgios' claim on Sunday that the "TV ratings (are) up like 45 per cent" for this year's Open because of his extraordinary run through the doubles draw with Kokkinakis.
Nine's main TV channel opted to screen the doubles match instead of Spanish legend Rafael Nadal's quarter-final clash with rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov.
Fans on social media were absolutely in awe of the atmosphere cultivated by the duo's run through the doubles bracket.
Living for the total chaos that is Kia Arena https://t.co/DCZARZpS4O
— Caitlin Cassidy (@caitecassidy) January 25, 2022
Just watched crowds stream out of THAT Special Ks win. They’re young, they’re hip, they’re high on life 🔥
Maybe sports don’t need to find quirky, new, faster formats to attract younger ppl..maybe sport always had what it needed:
PERSONALITIES 🎾@NickKyrgios @TKokkinakis 🙌🏻
— Catherine Murphy (@CathMurphySport) January 25, 2022
Kyrgios: "I’m not done yet, I want to win this whole f---ing thing."
Kokkinakis: “Sink piss and come here.”
Next opponents in Shooter McGavin voice: "Damn you people. This is (tennis). Not a rock concert."#Kyrgios #tennis#AusOpen
— Matt Turner (@mattturner1986) January 25, 2022
A Kyrgios F-bomb, telling people to "sink piss", telling the crowd to "keep rustling feathers" - that interview was something else #AusOpen
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshMedia) January 25, 2022
Hahahah. Kyrgios is R-rated but you just can't look away. Incredible match and the perfect post-match interview. #AusOpen #Tennis
— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottlieb) January 25, 2022
That kokkinakis/kyrgios had the most intense energy I’ve experienced watching a tennis game in a long time. Great entertainers!
— AJ Ogilvy (@AJ_Ogilvy) January 25, 2022
Just like Kyrgios and Kokkinakis' previous three matches during the tournament, viewers were taken on a rollercoaster of emotions.
In the first set, Kyrgios smashed a dead ball into the court that flew unintentionally into the stands and hit a child in the face.
Kyrgios noticed the young boy looking upset and offered him a racquet from his bag to say sorry.
The Kyrgios-Kokkinakis combination could be a potential winner for Australia's Davis Cup qualifier against Hungary in Sydney in March.
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