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Thanasi Kokkinakis wins first-ever match at Wimbledon to set up SHOWDOWN against Novak Djokovic

Thanasi Kokkinakis wins first-ever Wimbledon match to face three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic

  • Australian Open double champion Kokkinakis defeated Polish Kamil Majchrzak
  • He will face Djokovic in a huge second-round duel at The Championships
  • Kokkinakis had lost his previous two matches in the first round at Wimbledon
  • He also had two failed qualifiers before breaking through

Thanasi Kokkinakis “can’t wait” after breaking his Wimbledon hoodoo to mount a second round blockbuster with three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Five long years since his last appearance at the All England Club, Kokkinakis continued his renaissance in 2022 with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 7-5 win over Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak on Monday.

After two previous first-round defeats, plus two failed qualifying campaigns, the 26-year-old is finally enjoying his first win on the hallowed lawns of London.

An emotional Thanasi Kokkinakis has won his first ever match at Wimbledon to advance to the second round of The Championships

An emotional Thanasi Kokkinakis has won his first ever match at Wimbledon to advance to the second round of The Championships

“I’m super happy with how the result went. There was a lot of doubt in the tournament. I wasn’t sure how I would stop, how I would play, if I even played,” said Kokkinakis, after hurting his left knee at a fall on the field in Surbiton three weeks ago.

The South Australian’s rich reward is a show-court showdown on Wednesday with Djokovic, the 20-time grand slam champion who is on the hunt for a seventh Wimbledon crown – and fourth in a row.

“I can’t wait. I can’t wait for the opportunity,” said Kokkinakis.

“I was definitely in the back of my mind to play that match. I’ve clearly seen the draw.

“I’m not someone who doesn’t look ahead. Of course I knew I had a tough game at first, but I definitely knew what was at stake.”

Djokovic previously opened his title bid with a stark 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Korean Soonwoo Kwon under a closed roof on center court.

Kokkinakis faces a huge second-round encounter with three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic at the championships

Kokkinakis faces a huge second-round encounter with three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic at the championships

Kokkinakis, who also took his first ATP title in January in Adelaide, was the only Australian winner on a rainy day at one of the championships.

James Duckworth’s highly anticipated battle in midfield with Andy Murray ended in a valiant 4-6 6-3 6-2-6-4 defeat to two-time Great Britain Wimbledon champion and former world No. 1 Andy Murray.

John Millman lost 6-3 2-6 6-3 6-4 to Serbia’s 25th seed Miomir Kecmanovic, while brave Sydney qualifier Max Purcell fell to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in an epic of three hours and 53 minutes.

Playing with a lost big toenail on his right foot, Purcell recovered from two sets down to force a decision, only to succumb 6-3 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 4-6 6- 4 in his first-ever five-set encounter.

Duckworth was brave in defeat, taking the first set and slaving hard in the fourth to try to push a decisive fifth set

Duckworth was brave in defeat, taking the first set and slaving hard in the fourth to try to push a decisive fifth set

Maddison Inglis was also unable to extend her qualifying run and went down 5-7 6-3 6-4 to Hungarian Dalma Galfi.

Astra Sharma will resume her tussle with Germany’s Tatjana Maria on Tuesday after the match was interrupted by one set apiece under fading light, with the Australian having to serve at 6-4 3-6.

Co-qualifier Zoe Hives and wildcard Daria Saville had their scheduled matches postponed to day two.

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