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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis tennis match, Carlos Alcaraz fires, Rafael Nadal, live, scores, results, video

It wasn’t easy, but Australian Open champions Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won a hard-fought first-round doubles match.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal’s torrid start to the US Open continues as he takes on reigning champion Fabio Fognini of Italy.

Nadal was broken twice to win the first set 6-2.

In total, the Australian pair won a hard-fought battle against Frenchman Hugo Gaston and Italian Lorenzo Musetti.

But the Australian duo responded well, taking an early break and eventually winning the second set 6-3.

The match was at the beginning of the third set, before the tension came to a head midway through the third period.

Moments after Kokkinakis tossed his racket, Kyrgios responded by hitting his double into the court a game later. The second throw did the trick, with Kyrgios’ racket handed to him in a moment of redemption for the Australian, who a young spectator characteristically described as “volcanic”.

But the Australian broke midway through the third set and never looked back, winning 6-4 in the third set to win the match 4-6, 3-6, 4-6.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis (L) and Nick Kyrgios (R) react to a point during their first round doubles match against Hugo Gaston and Lorenzo Musetti in New York City.  Photo: Getty Images
Thanasi Kokkinakis (L) and Nick Kyrgios (R) react to a point during their first round doubles match against Hugo Gaston and Lorenzo Musetti in New York City. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The clash comes after Kyrgios won the Australian Open doubles partnership earlier in the week by defeating Wimbledon runner-up Kokkinakis in straight sets. Australian Benjamin Bonzi advanced to the third round after winning four games.

The volatile No. 23 seed described the prospect of facing his countryman in the opening round of the US Open as a “nightmare”.

“When we both saw the match it was really a nightmare. We never want to play each other,” Kyrgios said.

“I can’t wait to get out there and play doubles with him on the right side of the net in a couple of days.

“We’ll play again, hopefully.”

RAFA is being pushed.

Rafael Nadal is being pushed for the second straight match, but the GOAT of tennis is flexing his muscles, leading 2-6, 4-6, 2-6.

Two days after going down a set to Australian Rinke Hijikata, Nadal lost his opening match again to Fognini 6-2.

But the Spaniard responded again, coming from 4-2 down to take the second set 4-6.

The match is very much a turnover affair, keeping serve is very difficult.

Nadal was broken five times in his opening seven service games.

The second seed took the third set 2-6.

Young gun is on

Meanwhile, Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz dug deep to save 13 of 14 breaks to reach 32 for the US Open on Thursday.

But the world number 4 was too good for Federico Correa, winning in straight sets.

The 2021 quarter-finalist came from behind 46 winners 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 and will next face American Jenson Brooksby.

It was the 19-year-old’s 46th win of the year, tying him with Stephen Tsitsipas for the best streak.

The highlight of the match came when Alcaraz set up a “dirt” between the legs, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

“I’m playing really well, I’m going for it,” Alcaraz said, explaining his attack policy.

“I’m happy to get more wins this year, but I’m looking forward to staying the same player and person.”

In the year World No. 43 Brooksby, who reached the last 16 in 2021, reached the third round by defeating recent Cincinnati champion Borna Coric.

AUSIES were cast

James Duckworth may have paid for his wedding, but it remains to be seen whether his first-round win earlier in the week will pay for his honeymoon.

The 30-year-old lost his second round match against Briton Dan Evans in four games, losing 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6.

This comes after Duckworth revealed that his fiancee left a message for him following his six-figure opening round win.

“My fiance texted me after the game saying, ‘Okay, you paid for the wedding,'” he said.

Meanwhile, Australian compatriot Alexei Popyrin won three games against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 7-6, 7-5, 7-6.

The former champion was knocked out

World number one Iga Swiatek advanced to the third round with a win over former champion Sloan Stephens.

Swiatek, who had never advanced past the fourth round in his previous three appearances in New York, won 6-3, 6-2 on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

The 21-year-old Polish player will face American Lauren Davis in the last 16.

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