Shocker! Crowd favorite, Thanasi Kokkinakis crashes out of Australian Open 2022 just days after winning maiden ATP title

Thanasi Kokkinakis was defeated in the first round of Australian Open 2022, losing to Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets.

Thanasi Kokkinakis
Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis has crashed out of the Australian Open 2022 in a shocking manner, as he was defeated by German, Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets. The Australian lost by a score-line of 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and could put up no fight whatsoever.

Thanasi Kokkinakis was broken on serve on five different occasions, whereas, he failed to convert any of his eight break point opportunities. This result comes a surprise, as the Australian had claimed his maiden ATP title in Adelaide just a few days ago.

The match was played on Court 3, as the German was all over Kokkinakis right from the start. The Aussie looked a shadow of the player that claimed the title in Adelaide on Saturday.

Thanasi Kokkinakis faces a humbling defeat

Thanasi Kokkinakis
Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis won just 68 points during the match, whereas, Yannick Hanfmann won 95 points. The Australian was pretty ordinary on his serve as well, as he won just 65% of his points on first serve. Meanwhile, the German held his serve throughout the game, being 78% on his first serve.

Thanasi Kokkinakis will look to reflect upon the humbling defeat at the hands of his opponent, and will hope to bounce back in style. As for Yannick Hanfmann, he will next be up against the sixth seed and 20-time champion, Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal defeated Marcos Giron in the first round on Monday in straight sets, to kickstart his bid for a second Australian Open title. Yannick Hanfmann has a huge task at hand, if he is to reach the last 32 in Melbourne.

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