Kyrgios, Kokkinakis lift Australian Open doubles title

The Kyrgios-Kokkinakis pair earned their first doubles Grand Slam title in straight-sets with a 7-5, 6-4 win on Saturday.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, nicknamed the "Special Ks" as juniors, entertained the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena with a 7-5, 6-4 victory under the lights.   -  REUTERS

The "Special Ks" show at the Australian Open ended on a high after Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis lifted the men's doubles titles by defeating compatriots Max Purcell and Matt Ebden in the final on Saturday.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, nicknamed the "Special Ks" as juniors, entertained the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena with a 7-5, 6-4 victory under the lights.

It was a first doubles triumph for the pair at a Grand Slam, and they also became the first wildcard team to win the Australian Open men's doubles title in the professional era.

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A backhand from Kokkinakis sealed the first break of the match in the 11th game and the duo closed out the opening set on their service game as the fans imitated Cristiano Ronaldo's famous "Siuuu!" goal celebration to cheer them.

They took a 4-3 lead in the second set after breaking to love before having a match point denied by their opponents at 5-4.

The pair finally wrapped up the match on serve, with Kyrgios blasting two aces as they won the contest in 95 minutes.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis enjoyed a dream run at the tournament, where they stunned top seeds Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic of Croatia in the second round.

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