Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Bizarre ending as Tomic wins first clash against Kyrgios

Wimbledon Bernard Tomic impresses Nick Kyrgios ahead of Australian Open in Kooyong Classic win
Rita Gibson | 11 January, 2019, 21:42

Kyrgios said there was plenty for Australian fans to cheer about in the men's draw, with his Kooyong rival Bernard Tomic back in form and world No.29 Alex de Minaur leading the local charge.

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.

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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.

"Definitely I struggled with a lot of things past year, my body was one and I was going through some tough times", Kyrgios said.

Tomic's first set was nearly flawless, while Kyrgios, who made a second round exit at Brisbane last week, looked a little underdone.

With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through the first set.

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"He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum, which is good to see".

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

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

Now ranked 85, Tomic finished the year in style with an ATP title in China. "Nick and I have played so many times at practice, we know exactly what the other is going to do ― it's a little bit like cheating", the 83rd-ranked Tomic joked.

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

"We don't want to hurt ourselves and go too hard, because we've got to play in five days, the important one", said Tomic.

"I've been to the fourth round (of grand slams) so many times, two quarter-finals and I've had some tough matches in those rounds".

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