27th January, 2022
For the first time since 1980, it will be an all-Australian final on Saturday in the men’s doubles at the year’s opening grand slam.
Australians Matt Ebden and Max Purcell first qualified, beating Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 6-3 7-6 at the Margaret Court Arena.
Then Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis’ stunned third seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in their semi-final on Rod Laver Arena.
The talented duo have beaten four seeded pairs on their way to the decider, where await. And their dream run continues.
Dubbed the ‘Special Ks’, the pair took a tough first-set tie-break before being pulled back after leading the second set 4-1.
But Kyrgios and Kokkinakis sealed their win when the latter delivered a wonderful lob, sparking their celebrations in front of a strong Rod Laver Arena crowd.