Kokkinakis qualifies in Acapulco
UPDATE: Thanasi Kokkinakis has continued his excellent ATP form to qualify in Acapulco, Mexico, while Marinko Matosevic moved through to the second round.
Thanasi Kokkinakis has continued his excellent form on the ATP World Tour to qualify for the 500-level tournament in Acapulco, Mexico.
The Australian teen reached the main draw with a 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) victory over Colombia’s Alejandro Falla, the fifth seed in qualifying.
It is the third straight ATP tournament at which Kokkinakis has qualified – after doing so at Memphis and in Delray Beach – and his win-loss record now stands at an impressive 11-4 in 2015 after he also won rounds at the Brisbane International and the Australian Open.
“Man..feels good to get that win, wasn’t pretty but a tough grind in tough conditions 3rd ATP quailes in a row #hustle,” Kokkinakis tweeted.
The South Australian this week sits at a career-high ranking of 138th.
Later on Monday, fellow Aussie Marinko Matosevic progressed to the second round of the main draw with a commanding 6-4 6-2 win over Spain’s Marcel Granollers.
Matosevic won 83 per cent of his first serve points en route to the 83-minute victory, and is likely to next face David Ferrer should the No.2 seed overcome Dutchman Igor Sijsling.
The news was not so good for Sam Groth; the big-serving Victorian fell 6-3 4-6 6-0 to fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.