Thanasi Kokkinakis looks to keep the momentum rolling from his Adelaide title when he meets qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.
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Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Yannick Hanfmann free Australian Open tips, predictions and live stream information – Kokkinakis has seen at least one tiebreak in his last four matches and Hanfmann has seen at least one tiebreak in his last five matches…
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Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Yannick Hanfmann Match Details
🎾 Competition: Australian Open R1
🗓 Date: Monday January 17
⏰ Time: 5.00pm
🏟 Stadium: Court 3
Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Yannick Hanfmann Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the pair.
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It’s been a dream start to the season for Thanasi Kokkinakis and he will be determined to extend his winning streak to six matches when he squares off against Yannick Hanfmann in the opening round of the Australian Open on Monday.
Kokkinakis has been plagued by serious injuries since making his Australian Open debut back in 2014 and only last year managed a full season on tour as he grinded it out on the Challenger Tour in a bid to build up his ranking.
The Aussie did just that, but was still ranked outside the top 100 to begin 2022. However, all that is set to change after Kokkinakis won his maiden ATP title in Adelaide on Saturday night, coming from a set down to conquer the big-serving Arthur Rinderknech 6-7 7-6 6-3.
After making the semi-finals the previous week before going down to Gael Monfils, Kokkinakis has now won eight of his last nine matches, claiming solid scalps in Marin Cilic, John Isner and Frances Tiafoe along the way.
Meanwhile, Hanfmann – who is also ranked outside the top 100 at No. 126 in the world – had to go through qualifying last week at Melbourne Park, winning three matches with the last two coming in straight sets.
The German is a very dangerous player with a booming serve and powerful groundstrokes, although he has never been higher than No. 92 in the world, highlighting his inconsistency from week to week.
But anyone who has made two ATP finals as Hanfmann has done (albeit on clay) needs to be respected and Kokkinakis will know he can’t underestimate his opponent – especially after the euphoria of his Adelaide triumph.
If his body pulls up well, we fully expect Kokkinakis to win this, but Hanfmann’s huge serve means he can keep it close and force some tiebreaks.
Hanfmann has played a tiebreak in his last five consecutive matches, while Kokkinakis has a tendency to get dragged into long sets, seeing a tiebreak in his last four in Adelaide.
Kokkinakis to win and at least one tiebreak to be played looks like a solid bet for this one.
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