Kyrgios, Kokkinakis record first-round wins at Miami
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have scored first-round singles wins at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Miami this week.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have powered into the second round at the Miami Open.
World No.102 Kyrgios fired 12 aces in a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, with the Aussie wildcard not facing a break point in the 92-minute encounter.
“It was a hell of a performance. Getting on late, it wasn’t easy. So I’m really proud of myself with the way I responded,” Kyrgios said. “I felt good, I competed well today against a tough opponent.”
Kyrgios’ victory sets up a second-round showdown with fifth seed Andrey Rublev.
“I’m going into that match as a complete underdog,” Kyrgios said. “But I feel confident. If I’m serving well and play well from the back, I can beat anyone.”
Kokkinakis was equally impressive in a 6-4 6-2 victory against French veteran Richard Gasquet, striking 10 aces and not dropping serve in the 93-minute clash.
The 25-year-old Australian has now won three consecutive matches in Miami, after earning his place in the main draw through qualifying.
Kokkinakis next faces No.13 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.
John Millman’s tournament is over, losing to Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4 6-2 in the opening round earlier today.
In women’s singles action, former world No.1 Naomi Osaka recorded a 6-3 6-4 victory against Australia’s Astra Sharma.
While Ajla Tomljanovic was unable to convert a match point in her first-round clash with Italian Lucia Bronzetti, who fought back to score a 4-6 7-6(6) 6-2 victory against the world No.39.
These losses leave Daria Saville, who is set to face two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in the second round, as the last remaining Aussie in the women’s singles draw.
Aussies in action – Miami
Men’s singles, first round
[WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-6(3) 6-3
[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) d Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-4 6-2
[Q] Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) d John Millman (AUS) 6-4 6-2
Women’s singles, first round
Naomi Osaka (JPN) d Astra Sharma (AUS) 6-3 6-4
[LL] Lucia Bronzetti (ITA) d Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 4-6 7-6(6) 6-2
Men’s singles, first round
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)
Men’s singles, second round
 Alex de Minaur (AUS) v TBC
[WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v  Andrey Rublev (RUS)
[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v  Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Women’s singles, second round
[WC] Daria Saville (AUS) v  Simona Halep (ROU)
Men’s doubles, first round
 John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)/Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) v Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
[WC] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/Andres Molteni (ARG)
Women’s doubles, first round
 Storm Sanders (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) v Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)/Alexandra Panova (RUS)
 Sam Stosur (AUS)/Zhang Shuai (CHN) v [WC] Ashlyn Krueger (USA)/Robin Montgomery (USA)
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