Thanasi Kokkinakis reaches his first ATP final in almost five years

Thanasi Kokkinakis reached his first ATP final in almost five years after beating fourth seed Marin Cilic.

Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis has made his mark to the finals after knocking down the fourth seed Marin Cilic at the Adelaide International 2 tournament on Friday.

Kokkinakis defeats Cilic 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(10) in 2hrs 38 minutes, making his reach to the second ATP final since the Los Cabos Open at Mexico in August 2017. Kokkonakis wins against Cilic world ranking 29 in a lengthy tiebreaker fringing the former US Open champion 12-10 in the decider.

Kokkinakis said in his on-court interview that he was just playing for adrenaline. He also thanked the home crowd for supporting him as he believes they got him through this victory.

On Saturday, Thanasi Kokkinakis will be playing against the french tennis player, Arthur Rinderknech who will play his first ATP final after beating his opponent Corentin Moutet 6-1, 6-3.

Arthur Rinderknech world ranking 58 who on his first serves wins 90% points, sent down six aces and smashed his compatriot four times in a controlled display on Centre Court making his victory in 76 minutes.

The 26-year-old told reporters that it was a great achievement and he is really happy to reach the finals. Last summer, he could make it to the Semi-final in Kitzbuhel and is now finally here for his first tournament of the year.

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