sport news Thanasi Kokkinakis beats Stan Wawrinka in French Open after Nick Kyrgios ... trends now

sport news Thanasi Kokkinakis beats Stan Wawrinka in French Open after Nick Kyrgios ... trends now
sport news Thanasi Kokkinakis beats Stan Wawrinka in French Open after Nick Kyrgios ... trends now

sport news Thanasi Kokkinakis beats Stan Wawrinka in French Open after Nick Kyrgios ... trends now

Thanasi Kokkinakis has roared to the biggest win of his career, battling to an epic, landmark five-set victory over former champion Stan Wawrinka at the French Open.

Kokkinakis had waited for eight long, injury-scarred years to reach the third round of another grand slam after reaching the last-32 at Roland Garros as a teenager and tumbled emotionally into the red clay at finally repeating the dose with his monumental effort on Wednesday.

On a gusty Court Simonne Mathieu, faced by a packed house all cheering for their Swiss favourite, Kokkinakis eventually broke the dogged 2015 champion, winning 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 to become the first Australian into the third round this year.

The man from Adelaide went a huge way to exorcising some agonising near-misses this year, headed by his near six-hour loss to Andy Murray at the Australian Open.

He even had to go through the agony of Wawrinka saving four match points from 40-0 down in the final game before sealing the win on serve.

Kokkinakis' remarkable victory saw him make it into the third round of a grand slam tournament for the first time in eight years

Kokkinakis' remarkable victory saw him make it into the third round of a grand slam tournament for the first time in eight years

He held his nerve as Wawrinka saved four match points in the final game before going on to seal the most impressive win of his career - and collapse on the court 

'What a match! I knew Stan's getting older but the first set-and-a-half he was playing the best tennis he could play. I was nowhere, just tried to hang in there,' Kokkinakis told the crowd.

'I lost a match, that match against Murray [at this year's Australian Open], I didn't want to do it against another legend.

'Having 40-0, I was like, 'oh no', you can imagine the things coming into my mind. He just never went away - but I just trusted myself, and I'm so happy.'

Nick Kyrgios built the contest up as a real 'popcorn match' in a tweet on Tuesday - and he wasn't wrong as a breathtaking, see-saw four hour and

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