Kokkinakis breaks five-year ATP Final drought

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has paid tribute to the raucous Adelaide assemblage for helping him propulsion done a grueling semi-final clash against Marin Cilic, arsenic helium booked a spot successful his archetypal ATP Tour last since 2017.

Kokkinakis coughed up a 6-2 pb successful a thrilling final-set tiebreaker against the 2018 Australian Open finalist earlier prevailing a 6-2 3-6 7-6 (12-10) winner.

The sensational effort against the satellite No. 29 means Kokkinakis is successful his archetypal last since helium was defeated by Sam Querrey successful Los Cabos backmost successful August, 2017.

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Following his pulsating win, Kokkinakis erstwhile again paid tribute to the assemblage enactment from his hometown fans.

Thanasi Kokkinakis celebrates defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia during time six of the 2022 Adelaide International. (Getty)

"I played a large archetypal acceptable and I knew I couldn't play excessively overmuch amended and that helium was conscionable going to support his level," helium told Nine's Sam Groth aft the match.

"He got connected apical of maine and I conscionable willed myself to the breaker. I played a large breaker up until 6-2 and past I tightened up similar thing else.

"He got a lucifer constituent and I was similar I tin either spell into my ammunition oregon I tin dice wondering and I conscionable tried to tee disconnected connected a backhand, pulled it off, deed immoderate large serves. I was conscionable playing connected adrenalin [the crowd] got maine through, honestly."

Having finished past midnight, Kokkinakis said his superior extremity was to slumber earlier his clash against France's Arthur Rinderkneck successful Saturday's Adelaide International final.

Marin Cilic vs Thanasi Kokkinakis: ATP Adelaide International

"I'm going to effort and sleep, I've hardly got immoderate the past week," helium said. "A mates of monsters, possibly a reddish bull and caffeine and I'll get going."

"I'm conscionable going to bask this contiguous arsenic overmuch arsenic I tin and effort to get my assemblage acceptable for tomorrow, it's going to beryllium a pugnacious final.

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"It's been astir 5 years, backmost home, I couldn't person asked for it anyplace else, honestly. A location last successful Adelaide, I couldn't person asked for thing more."

After his clash against Rinderknech, Kokkinakis volition look German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann successful the opening circular of the Australian Open adjacent week.

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