Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Bernard Tomic baffles Nick Kyrgios with freakish match-winning serve

Bernard Tomic baffles Nick Kyrgios with freakish match-winning serve

So when the two countrymen met for the first time ever on court at this week's Kooyong Classic, it was naturally expected that there would be some form of drama.

Tomic, who is now ranked 85 in the world, was the better player throughout the match.

With Tomic sitting on two match points, the 26-year-old chose to try a trick serve, playing a between-the-legs shot over the net and into Kyrgios" service court before bouncing a second ball, seemingly in preparation for a "real' serve.

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Bernard Tomic's clash with Nick Kyrgios was a drawcard at Kooyong, not least because of the polarising pair's unpredictability.

World No 51 Kyrgios said he was happy to see Tomic back in form after missing the Open previous year when his ranking plummeted. "My attitude to tennis is the same whether I won or lose", he said.

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If he gets past the 16th seed, he could face 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, another risky floater in this year's devilish draw, with world No.4 Alexander Zverev Kyrgios's projected last-16 opponent. How this isn't match fixing is beyond me? The party is over for Bernie Tomic and he's ready to come back.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., was leading Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 4-1 when Smitkova withdrew, sending Andreescu to her second career Grand Slam main draw. Touted as a future Grand Slam victor but with a well-documented indifference to tennis, the 23-year-old has blown out to No.51 in the world rankings and looks underdone for the Open.

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios told SBS post-match, per the AAP.

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"But he was incredibly humble and gracious about the other Aussie, so I saw some perspective with Nick that I really haven't seen for a long time, if at all".

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