Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis was off to the perfect start at the Australian Open 2021 as he defeated World No. 267, Kwon Soon-Woo in the first round with ease. To further add to his delight, he also got a special message from tennis ace Roger Federer on his Instagram.
Kokkinakis looked extremely comfortable on court facing his opponent as he did not give Soon-Woo a sniff in his facile victory with a scoreline of 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. The Australian however, has a very difficult assignment as he faces World No. 6 Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. However, he will be up for it having pulled off upsets in the past including most famously that of Federer himself in the 2018 Miami Open.
Thanasi Kokkinakis shares special message from Roger Federer
Soon after his win in the first round, Thanasi Kokkinakis seems to have received a message on his Instagram handle from none other than Roger Federer. The Australian shared the message on his Instagram story captioning it, “What a king @rogerfederer” In the screenshot, Federer can be seen to have written, “Nice one Thanaser. Happy for you.”
Federer isn’t taking part in the ongoing Australian Open at the moment but it sure seems like he is keeping an eye on the action on court.