Kokkinakis wins in first-round match at Adelaide International


Thanasi Kokkinakis is determined to preserve his winning momentum after outclassing John Millman in an all-Australian first round in Adelaide.

It was a jubilant homecoming for South Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis as he defeated fellow Australian John Millman 6-4 6-3 in the Adelaide International first round.

The winning performance sets up a mouth-watering clash with No.4 seed Frances Tiafoe.

“I love coming back here. I haven’t been home here in 12 months,” Kokkinakis said in his on-court interview.

“It was a gruelling year travelling but I’m so happy to play my first professional tournament here in front of my home fans.

“To play a real meaningful tournament and beat such a quality opponent, a proven veteran like Johnny, means a lot. I played great and the support was great so yeah, (I’m) really, really happy.”