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Bernard Tomic v Nick Kyrgios: Kooyong Classic

12 January, 2019, 10:16 | Author: Delia Walker
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Tomic, ranked at No. 85 in the world, finished the match in style as he hit a tweener underarm serve ace.

He has copped some backlash for his "joke" serve to complete a 6-3 6-4 win over Kyrgios at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, but McNamee said he was hugely impressed with Tomic's form.

Tomic won the first battle of the tennis brats 6-3 6-4, although with little at stake it was hard to get a read on their true form heading into the first major of the year.

Playing his first event since the US Open in September, Nadal opens his bid for an 18th major title against Australian wildcard playoff victor James Duckworth, whose wretched first-round draws at the slams continued.

Kyrgios was punished for being unseeded at a grand slam event for the first time in more than three years, striking former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic in an explosive first-round match-up at Melbourne Park.

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.

In fact, the first shot was completely legal and caught Kyrgios flat-footed as the equally-stunned umpire called game, set and match to Tomic.




"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times", world number 51 Kyrgios, who himself has struggled for consistency, added.

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.

Like Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic also has a brutal opener against last year's runner-up, Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic.

"He was serving well but I think I returned well", Tomic said.

"I just wanted to get out here today and hit some serves, get that match preparation, face some serves", he said.

"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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