Thanasi Kokkinaki is making upo for lost time after his injury setbacks.
Thanasi Kokkinaki is making upo for lost time after his injury setbacks. WILL OLIVER

Thanasi Kokkinakis goes from sore to soaring

TENNIS: He may have missed claiming the title in his first ATP final but Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis will receive a huge win in the rankings.

The 21-year-old will soar over 200 places after losing to world No.24 and Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey 6-3 3-6 6-2 in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Having contested just his sixth tournament after missing 18 months due to a spate of injuries, Kokkinakis is expected to jump from No.454 in the world to No.225.

"For me this has been unbelievable," an emotional Kokkinakis said. "In two years I have missed so much time.

"I was sitting on the couch doing nothing for two years and now to come back and play at this level and have such a great tournament; what better place to do it than Los Cabos."

Kokkinakis had defeated top seed and world No.14 Tomas Berdych to reach the final.

News Corp Australia

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