Local favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis’ dream of back-to-back Adelaide International titles is well and truly alive after the hometown hero stunned world No.6 Andrey Rublev in a highly entertaining encounter at Memorial Drive.
Serving for the match, Kokkinakis was down 0-30 but fought back to convert his second match point to claim a brilliant 6-4 3-6 6-3 win in just under two hours on Wednesday night.
The pivotal moment in the match came in the fourth game of the third set when Kokkinakis converted the second of two break points to go 3-1 up then hold serve to bundle out the top seed.
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“I’ve had my best memories on this court,” a jubilant Kokkinakis said.
“It’s something that you only dream of as a kid.
“It was an…