Nick Kyrgios makes brash Australian Open statement with Grand Slam title hopes alive

And Kokkinakis recently won his first-ever ATP Tour title in his home of Adelaide in the second of two ATP 250 events held there in the lead-up to the Aussie Open, having made the final of the first edition a week earlier where he lost to Gael Monfils.

The world No 105, who has spent a large majority of his career sidelined by injuries, understandably ran out of steam at the Australian Open but is back to his winning ways in the doubles alongside his good friend and compatriot.

The ‘Special Ks’ had also previously said that their time on court was “90 per cent banter and 10 per cent tactics” but admitted that had changed now they were in the quarter-final, with a Grand Slam title three wins away.

Kyrgios explained: “We have changed it for sure. That’s what I mean, we’re just locked in. We’re talking about, we’re, I know that I’m definitely in a different mindset, I don’t know what’s happened, I have never been –“

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