Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios using cheeky serve tactic

Ross Houston
January 11, 2019

Incredibly, for two players who seem to have been on the scene forever, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have never played a competitive match against each other.

While the encounter was largely played in good spirits, Tomic won the encounter 6-3, 6-4 in controversial fashion.

Tomic hit the ball between his legs while still bouncing another ... and it totally stumped Kyrgios and the umpire.

Tomic and Kyrgios went head-to-head for the first time in their careers at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event as they warm up for the opening grand slam of the year, the Australian Open, which gets under way on January 14.

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios said. "He won a title previous year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum which is good to see... he looks happy, he looks healthy".

It could have been worse for Kyrgios, a former Open quarter-finalist who has slipped to 50th in the rankings, and Tomic, three-times a second-week challenger at the season's first major.

Tomic, back in the main draw after failing to qualify last year, has an even more challenging opener against last year's runner-up, Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic.

"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week". He added: "I know this Australian Open is going to be big as well. and I can do a lot better than I've done in the past".

World No.51 Kyrgios had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

Meanwhile, Tomic, who missed last year's Australian Open, has lofty ambitions for the 2019 competition.

"I feel like a veteran at this stage, I just need to make sure the body is right".

"I reckon that sums up Bernard Tomic and Nick Kygrios", declared the TV commentator. "I have to raise my game and play better at the end of the day".

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