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Sport Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis win second doubles title together at the Atlanta Open

04:50  01 august  2022
04:50  01 august  2022 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have triumphed in the men's doubles final at the Atlanta Open on Sunday (local time).

The tournament's second-seeds beat fellow Australian pair Jason Kubler and Johns Peers 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, nicknamed The Special Ks, teamed up to win a fairytale Australian Open crown earlier this year.

They were forced to abandon plans to play at Wimbledon in July but managed to reunite in Atlanta despite Kyrgios being unable to play singles due to a lingering injury.

The duo overcame a stern test in the semi-finals against Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram to set up the all-Australian final.

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Kubler and Peers, who don't usually play together, made it to the final after beating fellow Aussies and recent Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the quarter-finals.

In the first set of the Atlanta Open final, neither side managed to break the other with Kyrgios and Kokkinakis edging the tie-break 7-4.

The second set followed a similar pattern with both pairs serving strongly before The Special Ks claimed a decisive break in what would be the final game of the match.

Kubler and Peers more than held their own in the final and will be left to rue failing to convert any of their four break points.

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It was a successful day for Australians in Atlanta with Alex de Minaur winning the singles final just hours earlier.

What's next for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis?

The Atlanta double champions will now go their separate ways before the US Open begins in late August.

Kyrgios is heading to Washington to play in the Citi Open and will also be teaming up with American Jack Sock in the men's doubles.

Kokkinakis, meanwhile, is bound for Mexico where he'll play in the Los Cabos Open singles as the tournament's seventh-seed.

The Special Ks are expected to unite to play men's doubles at the US Open with a third title together now in their sights.

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