Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios in all Australian temperamental match up


Tomic ended his victory with a flourish, sending over a sneaky serve on match point by hitting the ball between his legs for a victor ― a move which totally caught Kyrgios off guard.

With the Australian Open less than a week from getting underway lets hope the less than impressive showing from Kyrgios isn't a sign of things to come.

Squaring off for the first time in their careers as they prepare for next week's Australian Open, Tomic dominated his higher-ranked opponent to win 6-3 6-4, as he finished off the match in weird circumstances.

With Tomic sitting on two match points, the 26-year-old made a decision 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.

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.

"It's looking good for Australia, we have a lot of players, all playing with different style, but looking strong".

Tomic delivered one of the craziest finishes ever seen in a tennis match.

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"If I was one of the top seeds, I'd be a bit anxious about him next week".

Tomic will return to the main draw in Melbourne after falling the qualifying rounds past year.

Chastened somewhat, Tomic began to rebuild his game last season, winning his first title since 2015 at Chengdu last September and he appears to be carrying that momentum forward.

"I just wanted to get out here today and hit some serves, get that match preparation, face some serves", he said. "My attitude to tennis is the same whether I won or lose", he said. I need to be healthy to have a good year.

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

"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times".