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Thanasi Kokkinakis opens up on Special K title defence

If there is a silver lining in Thanasi Kokkinakis’ semi-final defeat at the Adelaide International, it is that he might enjoy greater success at the Australian Open as a result.

The hometown hero’s inspired title defence came to an end with a brave three-set loss to world No.26 Roberto Bautista Agut at a packed Memorial Drive on Friday night.

The result halted a captivating run by the 26-year-old that included a win over world No.6 Andrey Rublev, with his big serving, powerful groundstrokes and aggressive approach absorbing to watch.

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