Australian Open 2023 reside scores, scores: Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Andy Murray, Alex de Minaur vs Adrian Mannarino

Thanasi Kokkinakis is moments away from one of many largest matches of his profession as he takes on Andy Murray for a 3rd spherical spot on the Australian Open.

And after a sequence of large upsets at Melbourne Park in the present day, the draw is huge open ought to he prevail and win.

Kokkinakis has a protracted historical past with Murray, with the duo coaching collectively many occasions. The Scot additionally took the younger Australian below his wing when Kokkinakis first got here to the circuit.

However how has Kokkinaki’s notion of Murray modified over time?

It is truthful to say that he is lots totally different than the hometown hero initially thought.

“We get alongside very well. I actually like him off the pitch lots,” Kokkinakis stated after his first-lap win.

“I bear in mind watching him once I was youthful and considering this man seems moody as hell, he seems depressing.

“Then while you met him, he is truly a Ripper man and an excellent man.”

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Greater than seven years after Thanasi Kokkinakis was blown away in a one-sided Davis Cup semi-final, he has declared himself “prepared” for an additional blockbuster towards Andy Murray.

Kokkinakis, 19, misplaced 3-6, 0-6, 3-6 to then world No. 3 Glasgow in a cup tie dominated by Murray, who despatched Britain into their first Davis Cup last in nearly 4 many years.

After his straight-set swipe at Italy’s Fabio Fognini, Kokkinakis stated Murray “handed it to me that day.”

“Sure, will probably be a troublesome match. I performed him in Davis Cup some time again.

He positively gave it to me that day, however now I am prepared. I really feel good,” Kokkinakis instructed reporters.

“Clearly will probably be a troublesome match. I noticed a good bit of his recreation towards Berrettini and he performed nice.

“He seems good. I have been training with him a bit these days. I will simply maintain taking part in my recreation.”

Kokkinakis stated whereas Murray is likely to be within the twilight of his profession, we would be cautious of the world No. 66 – who performs with a metallic hip.

“He could have misplaced a bit however his anticipation is nearly as good as ever and he can nonetheless play on the entrance of the very best,” he stated.

“I’ll be prepared for the very best model of Murray, and sure, I’ll go on the market and play my recreation, play aggressively and hopefully do finest.”

Kokkinakis drew a rowdy crowd throughout his win over Fognini and stated he hoped the house help would give him a bonus.

“(I practiced) with him lots, performed with him lots. It is all about operating the day.

“I’ve seen him on TV lots, know him fairly effectively. Yeah I do not suppose it modifications an excessive amount of who I play to be sincere. If I play my recreation and do it effectively, I give myself an opportunity.”