'Special Ks' win men's doubles title
Become first wildcard team in pro history to win the Australian Open
MELBOURNE: The "Special Ks" show at the Australian Open came to an end on a high note on Saturday, when Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won their first major trophy by beating compatriots Max Purcell and Matt Ebden in the men's doubles final.
As juniors, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were dubbed the "Special Ks," and they delighted the fans at Rod Laver Arena with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph under the lights.
They are the first wildcard team in professional history to win the Australian Open men's doubles title.
"What a week! It was a super tough match but a great week all around," said Kokkinakis, who claimed his first ATP title at Adelaide before the Australian Open.
"Nick, I love you brother. Man, I can honestly say we did not expect to even come close to this, but with the help of you guys (the crowd) all week, it was unbelievable. The coverage we got and the support for us, we could not ask for anything more."
In the 11th game, Kokkinakis sealed the first break of the match, and the duo closed out the opening set on their service game as the spectators cheered the duo by imitating Cristiano Ronaldo's famous "Siuuu!" goal celebration.
The pair took a 4-3 lead in the second set after breaking to love, but their opponents saved a match point at 5-4.
The duo won the match in 95 minutes, with Kyrgios smashing two aces as they completed their fairytale run at Melbourne Park, where they shocked top seeds Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic of Croatia in the second round.
"This week has been a dream come true for me. I wouldn't wanna do it with anyone else," said Kyrgios "I am just super happy. I don't even know how we are doing this, or what's going on right now to be brutally honest."
The pair, who entertained fans throughout the competition, became the first all-Australian men's doubles champions at the season's first slam since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 1997.
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