WATCH: Tennis Channel Live discusses the run of Nick Kyrgios and Kokkinakis in the Australian Open Doubles


Aussie wild cards Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kygrios continued their dream fortnight on home soil after defeating the No. 3 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos to reach the Australian Open men’s doubles final.

It will be the first time in a Grand Slam final for both Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, but the road to get there was anything but easy—on and off the tennis court.

The home favorites were up against the best team in men’s doubles in the second round, and they whipped up the Kia Arena crowd into a frenzy when they took on No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic. They triumphed 7-6(8), 6-3, but afterward tensions allegedly spilled over into the locker room in a confrontation between the players and opposing coaches. Tensions were still high in their 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 quarterfinal win against the No. 6 seeds Tim Putz and Michael Venus, prompting the latter to call Kyrgios a few choice names in their post-match press conference.

But all the while, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios have been having the time of their life Down Under. The atmosphere has been electric at Melbourne Park, and the Aussies—especially Kyrgios—are consummate showmen, determined to entertain until the last point.

“I think this Australian Open, I think with everything the people have gone through, they just are just so happy to see Aussies have success,” Kyrgios said after the quarterfinal. “I think for us it's more about the people, playing for them is more important than our doubles success.

“I just want to play and give the people of Australia and the Australian Open a show and genuinely try and grow the sport of tennis. That's why I'm playing.”

The party in Melbourne is about to reach a fever pitch as Kokkinakis and Kyrgios will contest the first all-Aussie final in 42 years against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.