Fritz gains revenge over doubles partner Kokkinakis in Los Cabos

Thanasi Kokkinakis was unable to repeat his 2017 victory over Taylor Fritz at the Los Cabos Open.

Taylor Fritz

American youngster Taylor Fritz beat his doubles Thanasi Kokkinakis.   -  Getty Images

Taylor Fritz earned a measure of revenge over doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis with a first-round win at the Los Cabos Open on Monday.

A year ago, the American was defeated by Kokkinakis in the last eight, with the Australian going on to lose the final against Sam Querrey.

It was a different outcome on this occasion, though, with the seventh seed triumphing 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5).

"I played well. It was a lot like last year's match. It could have really gone either way, just a couple points here and there. I'm really happy to get through," said Fritz, who will partner Kokkinakis in the doubles this week.

"It's so funny because before the tournament started I knew I was going to play him. Before the draw even came out, I said to my coach, 'I bet I'm going to play Thanasi'. It happens sometimes."