Thanasi Kokkinakis Defeats Blaz Rola To Win
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 28, 2018) - Never facing a break point the entire match, big serving Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis recorded 13 aces on his way to winning the Las Vegas Tennis Open on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Blaz Rola at the Fertitta Tennis Complex at UNLV.
The 22-year-old Kokkinakis earned two important service breaks of his own ? one late in the first set and the second to open the final set - to capture the fourth annual LVTO, an ATP $50,000 Men’s Challenger.
"I’m just trying to win matches and stay healthy," said Kokkinakis, who is hoping for a return to the top 100 in the world having previously reached a career-high of No. 69 as a teenager in 2015. "It sounds simple but that’s what has to happen. When I’m good I’m good, but when I’m bad I’m just average so I have to find that consistency."
After the match, Kokkinakis gave an assist to famed former Andre Agassi trainer Gil Reyes as he arrived into Las Vegas a week early to train. "I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out because he’s got his own methods," Kokkinakis said. "But he’s really positive and a really good guy. I worked with him the week before and I won so obviously it helped."
JF Blaise, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Blaz Rola & Owen Hambrook
FINAL Combo Draw
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