Aussie tennis stars in stunning act of domination before US Open

Pictured left is Atlanta Open doubles champs Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios, with singles winner Alex de Minaur on the right.
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. Pic: Getty

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have completed a stunning clean sweep for Australia after clinching the Atlanta Open doubles title in straight sets.

In an all-Aussie final against Jason Kubler and John Peers, this year's Australian Open champions prevailed 7-6(4) 7-5 on a day where 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 fine run of form in the lead-up to the US Open, starting at the end of this month.

The 23-year-old De Minaur won the Atlanta Open crown three years ago and triumphed over Brooksby 6-3 6-3 to claim the sixth ATP Tour title of his career.

On the back of the victory, De Minaur is set to jump nine places in the world rankings to 21, which bodes well for the year's final major at Flushing Meadows.

When he won at Atlanta in 2019 he went on to reach the fourth round of the major, which begins at the end of August.

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

De Minaur had to work hard to reach the decider, rallying from a set down in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, but the gritty Australian always persevered when under pressure.

"It was great to get another title under my name - it's my sixth and not a lot of people have been able to do that, so I feel great," de Minaur, who this year reached the second week of Wimbledon for the first time, said.

"I feel great about my game. I've put a lot of work in, so it's great to see the hard work being rewarded."

The final was a clash between two of the ATP Tour's best defenders, however, it was de Minaur's offence that proved critical as he clawed past the home favourite after 91 minutes.

"I knew coming in it would be a very tactical, chess-like match that we were going to both play," the third seed said.

"I'm happy I was able to execute my game plan and get the win but it was a very tough match.

"Plenty of times it could have gone either way and even though the scoreboard was three and three, it felt very, very tight."

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis make it Aussie clean sweep

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

It was the first Aussie singles and doubles clean sweep on the ATP Tour since Bernard Tomic won the singles crown and Sam Groth and Chris Guccione combined for the doubles title in Bogota in 2014.

Seen here, Aussie pair Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis react after winning the Atlanta Open doubles title.
Aussie pair Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis react after winning the Atlanta Open doubles title. Pic: Getty

The victory was all the more remarkable after Kyrgios pulled out of the singles competition last week, citing a knee injury.

The 'Special Ks' took 94 minutes to claim their second ATP Tour-level doubles title, having also won a rain-delayed semi-final earlier in the day.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis saved all four break points they faced in the championship match, to improve their doubles record this season to 13 wins from 15 matches.

Tennis fans took to social media afterwards to celebrate what many described as an 'Aussie domination' in Atlanta.

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