Thanasi Kokkinakis defeats Arthur Rinderknech in the Adelaide International final

Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis won his first ATP title and reacted to the breakthrough in priceless scenes, repeatedly yelling in triumph and bursting into tears.

The 25-year-old cruised to a 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory over Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech to win the Adelaide International men’s two-singles title.

“Sheer emotion,” said former British tennis player Mark Petchey on Nine’s Wide World of Sports.

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“This is what sport is about. This is it, everything. Zero filter. Everything that comes out. Boy, he deserves this moment.”

The early stages of Kokkinakis’s professional tennis career were plagued by a torrid run of injury and health.

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While a career highlight saw South Australia beat Swiss legend Roger Federer at the 2018 Miami Open, his last six years have been hampered by injuries to the shoulder, pectoral, abdomen, ankle and the knee, as well as glandular fever.

“To my family, my coaches, my friends, everyone here, what a journey it’s been,” Kokkinakis said.

“You guys have seen me at my lowest points and obviously now at my highest point.”

Kokkinakis wins epic point in deciding set

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A critical point in the Adelaide International Two final came when Kokkinakis hit the first break of serve of the match and took the first game of the third set.

Kokkinakis’ world ranking rose to 103 in his victory over Rinderknech.

On Monday he will face German world number 126 Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the Australian Open.

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