Kyrgios, Kokkinakis cruise with eye on finals
Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a shot in his third round match against Omar Jasika of Australia during the 2013 Australian Open Junior Championships. Photo: Lucas Dawson
New junior world No.1 Nick Kyrgios is tipping an all-Australian showdown with close mate and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis in the Australian Open boys' final.
The pair have given every indication one of them can become the fourth Australian winner in seven years by storming their way into the quarter-finals.
Wildcard Kokkinakis needed only 52 minutes to send France's Enzo Couacaud on his way, winning Wednesday's third-round encounter 6-2, 6-0. Canberra's Kyrgios was almost as impressive, also taking less than an hour to oust fellow Australian Omar Jasika 6-4, 6-3. Kyrgios now faces Wayne Montgomery, the South African he beat in Traralgon to take him to the No.1 junior world ranking on Monday. Kokkinakis will play Italian second seed Gianluigi Quinzi in his quarter-final.
Kyrgios said if the two Australians played to their best, no one would stop them.
''If he plays well and I play well, that's definitely going to be the match-up in the final, I think,'' Kyrgios said.
He said the No. 1 ranking had given him added confidence he could join recent Australian boys' winners Brydan Klein (2007), Bernard Tomic (2008) and Luke Saville (2012).
''I definitely think I can beat any player in the draw but I'm going to have to play some really good tennis,'' he said.
Kokkinakis, 16, earned plenty of plaudits when he filled in as a reserve at the Hopman Cup earlier this month. ''You've got to come in thinking you can win it,'' he said of his prospects of taking the title.
The pair are the only Australians left in the boys' or girls' singles competitions, but showed they were not invincible, crashing out of doubles contention in straight sets on Wednesday afternoon to Couacaud and Italy's Stefano Napolitano.
Kyrgios' coach Des Tyson said the week was taking its toll, having played two matches each day.