Thanasi Kokkinakis and Stefanos Tsitsipas were involved in a strange Australian Open incident on day four during the third set of their second round clash. Kokkinakis was level on sets but 3-1 down in games and facing three break points when Tsitsipas hit a forehand long.
However, just before the Greek star’s effort bounced, a rogue ball fell out of Kokkinakis’ pocket.
The umpire had already called for the point to be retaken, much to the frustration of Kokkinakis.
Instead of progressing to facing two break points, he had to serve again love-40 behind to avoid a double break.
If the ball does not interfere with play then the umpire can allow the match to continue.
That means Kokkinakis could have won the point he was on the verge of earning.
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But because the official had already spotted the ball falling out of the world No 267’s shorts, he made the call.
Tsitsipas went on to break and took the third set 6-1.
Kokkinakis bounced back in a brutal fourth set tiebreak to take the match to a decider.
It was then that Tsitsipas’ quality as the fifth seed shone through and he let out an almighty roar when he won the decider 6-4.
He added: “I just want to go back to Thanasi, he has been injured over the last year and I am very happy to see him back competing at a very high level.”
Tsitsipas will face world No 95 Mikael Ymer in the third round later this week.