Trick serve gives Bernard Tomic advantage over Nick Kyrgios

Jo Caldwell
January 12, 2019

"Nick and I have played many many times in practice, we're good friends".

Two of the most controversial tennis players in the game today have, perhaps unsurprisingly, been involved in a freaky blink-and-you'll-miss-it contentious moment during an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic.

World No. 51 Kyrgios said he was happy to see Tomic back in form after missing the Open past year when his ranking plummeted.

The much-anticipated clash between two controversial figures of Australian tennis lived up to it's billing as Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios served up a match which had tennis fans in a spin on social media.

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"I'm going to go out there and do all the things I usually do, serve big play big and do things on my terms", he said about the Australian Open.

The wait was worth it as he posted a gritty 6-3, 4-6, 15-13 win over Kevin Anderson, recovering from 2-7 down in the new final-set tiebreaker that will be used at the Australian Open for the first time next week.

"I'm feeling a bit rusty, but I'm hitting the ball well and feel on good form".

He is also relaxed about his form heading into the first Grand Slam of the season next week. "Ranking that stuff is temporary, I know I can go out there and trouble Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, I'm not anxious about going out there and losing 3 and 4 to BT".

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The match ended on a freaky note when Tomic's final serve was an underarm tweener that caught Kyrgios completely off guard.

Kyrgios, who lost in the second round at the Brisbane International last week, had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

Both immensely talented Australians are ranked between 50 and 100 but it's Kyrgios, usually seeded at the majors, who the world's top players wanted to avoid in the early rounds.

Addressing the upcoming open, Kyrgios is keen to enforce his will on the matches and play the way he wants to play. "I'm okay now (with tennis)".

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