Teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis says he’s excited by the challenge of taking on British spearhead Andy Murray in the opening singles match of this weekend’s Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow.
British hopes of reaching their first Davis Cup final in 37 years rest heavily on Murray and Kokkinakis knows he has nothing to lose in the opening singles rubber at the Emirates Arena.
“It should be a great challenge for me, obviously,” Kokkinakis said after Thursday’s draw.
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“He’s a great player and to play him on home ground here in Glasgow will be huge.”
Murray, the world No.3, and the 72nd-ranked Kokkinakis have never played before but often hit together.
“I’m not sure whether knowing him well helps or hinders. I think he knows my game and I know his, although I’ve seen a bit more of him than he has of me,” Kokkinakis said.
“I’ll be ready. I guess I know what to expect from him, so I’ll be out there playing my game and we’ll see how it goes.”
Gold Coast product Bernard Tomic is a hot favourite in his clash with world No.300 Dan Evans in the second singles rubber.
Sam Groth will team with Lleyton Hewitt in Saturday’s doubles against Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot.