Thanasi Kokkinakis reacts to saving two MPs in Adelaide thriller versus Marin Cilic

Wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis was absolutely thrilled after edging out Marin Cilic to reach the Adelaide 2 final. 

Kokkinakis, ranked at No. 145 in the world, beat Cilic in a thriller clash 6-2 3-6 7-6 (10). 

“I’m just gonna enjoy this tonight as much as I can, get mentally and physically ready for tomorrow,” Kokkinakis said, per the Adelaide International website.

“It’s gonna be a tough final. He (Rinderknech) has played great this week, beaten a lot of quality players.

“But I’ve got to back myself, don’t I? I’ve had a great week.

“It’s been almost five years (since I’ve been in an ATP final). I’m just going to try and enjoy it. Back home, I couldn’t have asked for it anywhere else, honestly.”

Kokkinakis saved two match points to beat Cilic

After winning the second set, Cilic got off to a good start to the third set as he took an early 2-0 lead.

However, Kokkinakis refused to quit as he got the break back in the fourth game. 

The set eventually went into a decider, in which Kokkinakis took a 6-2 lead.

Cilic saved four consecutive match points but then failed to convert any of his two match points.

Kokkinakis finally realized his seventh match point to set up a final against Arthur Rinderknech. 

“I felt the buzz. It was crazy. Best atmosphere I’ve played in in some time, maybe the best ever,” Kokkinakis said.

“I played a great breaker up until 6-2, and then I tightened up like nothing else. He got a match point, and I was like, I can either go into my shell, or I can die wondering.

“I just tried to tee off on a backhand line, pulled it off, hit some big serves, and I don’t know, I was just playing on adrenalin.

“You guys (the crowd) got me through.”

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