Kyrgios and Kokkinakis vs Ebden and Purcell LIVE: Australian Open men’s doubles final

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis vs Ebden and Purcell LIVE: Australian Open men’s doubles final
The all-Australian battle for the men’s doubles title plays out on Rod Laver Arena

<p>Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis during the final against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell</p><p>Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis during the final against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell</p>

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis during the final against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis battle Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the 2022 Australian Open men’s doubles final.

The enigmatic Australian has found new life in the doubles format this year, having battled hard but ultimately exited in the singles to men’s singles finalist Daniil Medvedev in four sets in the second round.

The pair have brought a fresh attitude to the game, prioritising entertainment and fun each match, with Kokkinakis saying after their semi-final win over third-seeded pair Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos: “It sounds stupid, but winning has been our second priority every time,” Kokkinakis told reporters. “We hope to have fun, enjoy ourselves, enjoy our time on court. Hopefully they (crowd) feel like they’ve paid good money to watch us.”

While Kyrgios, a controversial figure in the game, is eager to bring new fans to tennis: “If they flick on a match and they have Thanasi and I playing in an entertaining doubles match, they know nothing about tennis, if they watch that match just then, they probably would tune in next time. That’s what I’m about. That’s what I want to bring. I think that’s how the sport is going to survive.”

Follow all the live action from the men’s doubles final below:

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Umpire warns crowd as fans thrown out

The crowd at the Rod Laver Arena is raucous and the umpire is having to step in to calm things down. “One or two spectators are totally ruining the game by screaming,” he bellows over the microphone as as number of spectators are ejected from the stadium.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:33
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Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 5-3 *Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios are just one game away from the championship now!

The former plays an inconsistent service game, including both an ace and double-fault, forcing Purcell and Ebden into a series of weak returns which allow him and Kyrgios to charge up their shots from the baseline and take the early points.

There was some smart net play from Kyrgios in there too in an intense rally with Purcell which the 26-year-old ended up winning, but some unforced errors from Kokkinakis and Kyrgios allowed their opponents a potential route back into the match.

At deuce, though, Kokkinakis unleashes a squeezed forehand down the line past Ebden to move to advantage, with Ebden hitting a tight volley into the net.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:30
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*Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 4-3 Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

The Ks break in the second! They race into a 0-40 lead thanks to some iffy serving and net play from Ebden, who gives Kyrgios too much time on the ball to pick his shots and place them perfectly.

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios are now just a couple of games away from the championship.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:23
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Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 3-3 *Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

An even quicker game this time around as some swashbuckling serving from Kyrgios sees off Purcell and Ebden with a minimum of fuss.

No we’re on the Ebden serve again, which is the one the Ks will be targeting most fervently.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:20
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*Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 2-3 Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

Purcell’s impressive run continues with another very quick service hold, as the second set moves at much faster pace than the first.

Purcell and Ebden’s doubles experience has been showing in some key moments where they have launches sharp change-ups to win points, whereas Kokkinakis and Kyrgios are using their superior power and shot placement. An intriguing battle of two contrasting styles.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:18
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Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 2-2 *Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

Kokkinakis enjoys another impeccable service game, including one especially impressive forehand from the outside of the court which cut narrowly over the net and beat a snoozing Ebden on the near side.

We remain on serve in the second set, with Purcell up next.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:15
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*Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 1-2 Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

Max Purcell is playing superbly so far in this match, and helps Ebden see out his service game to love with some relentless net play which Kokkinakis and Kyrgios cannot respond to.

The 23-year-old is highly-rated in his homeland.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:11
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Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 1-1 *Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios struggle with communication early on in this game, leaving a baseline shot for one another before Kyrgios eventually swings too late and hits the net.

Kokkinakis positions himself poorly at the net and allows Purcell to slam a foreheand down the centre of the court for 15-30, but the following three points are easily won by the Ks thanks to excellent serving from Kyrgios.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:08
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*Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 0-1 Ebden/Purcell (7-5)

Ebden stays in the opening point of the second set by playing an excellent tweener that forces Kokkinakis back and eventually ends with him hitting an overhit lob, with Ebden revelling in his showboating and riling up the Melbourne crowd.

Bar a brief error from Ebden which sees a volley hit the net, Purcell sails through his service game and they hold the game to 15.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:04
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Kokkinakis/Kyrgios 7-5 Ebden/Purcell

We’re back on the Kokkinakis serve and it’s an extremely comfortable hold to love for the Ks, with a series of powerful forehands from both men helping them take the first set in just over an hour.

Midway through the set it seemed as though the doubles experience Ebden and Purcell have was beginning to give them the advantage, as a few smart net plays won them crucial points and helped them defend break points.

But, ultimately, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios are the better tennis players and their talent told eventually with a series of excellent, powerful forehands both men hit which their opponents were unable to return.

Purcell has played strongly in the opening set but Ebden needs to step it up before the match is taken away from them.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 12:00

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