Adelaide: Rinderknech deprived of his first title by the ghost Kokkinakis

In search of a first title on the ATP circuit, the French tennis player Arthur Rinderknech was beaten in the final of the Adelaide tournament against Thanasi Kokkinakis this Saturday. Winner in three sets in front of his audience, the Australian, in tears, triumphs for the first time after having experienced a long crossing of the desert.

Arthur Rinderknech misses the last step. The 38 world lost Saturday in the final of the tournament ATP 250 from Adelaide, the first of the Frenchman’s career, against the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis , 112 world and beneficiary of an invitation, who won 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in 2 hours 38 min. Rinderknech played at 38 years his first final on the ATP circuit. Despite the defeat, his career in Adelaide will allow him to return to the Top 50 of the next ATP ranking on Monday and to become the French N.3.

Native of Adelaide, Kokkinakis pocketed for his part, at 25 years and in front of his public, his first ATP title, after a first failure in the final in Los Cabos, Mexico, in August 2017. In tears, the Aussie was overwhelmed with emotion after his triumph. It must be said that he has come a long way. Between poor form and physical glitches, Kokkinakis lived a long crossing of the desert, sealed in the bottom of the ATP rankings when he was not downright absent. A year ago, he was still at 250 world rank. ..

Adelaide: Australian Kokkinakis triumphs in front of his home crowd © AFP

Rinderknech failed physically

The first set came down to a service battle. In this exercise, Kokkinakis was slightly superior to the Frenchman, scoring eight aces against Rinderknech’s six. But the latter exploited the Australian’s only flaw in the decisive game: at 7 points to 6 for the Frenchman, he missed his first service ball, Rinderknech attacked him on the return of the second, pushing him to the forehand fault.

Same scenario in the second set, until the decisive game which this time tipped in favor of Kokkinakis. Led 2 points to 0, the Australian then lined up 5 points to lead 5 points to 2 and reach an ace to equalize at one set everywhere. In the final round, Rinderknech having given in physically, Kokkinakis managed the decisive break at 2-1 to lead 3-1 and slip away to victory.