Trick-shot Tomic bamboozles Kyrgios with bizarre match point serve

Doug Mendoza
January 11, 2019

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

Serving for the contest in the second set, world number 85 Tomic moved into his service stance before chipping one ball over the net while still bouncing another, catching Kyrgios, the umpire and spectators completely off guard.

The wait was worth it as he posted a gritty 6-3, 4-6, 15-13 win over Kevin Anderson, recovering from 2-7 down in the new final-set tiebreaker that will be used at the Australian Open for the first time next week.

"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".

Australian men's No.1 Alex de Minaur looks to have a much smoother path to the second round, the 27th seed opening against Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

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"We've both made deep runs at the Open", said Kyrgios, pointing to his 2015 quarter-final and Tomic's three fourth rounds. 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".

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

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

After composing himself, Kyrgios said he was happy to see the 85th-ranked Tomic back in form after missing the Australian Open past year when his ranking plummeted. "You never want to see a talent like that go down and keep being down".

"I reckon that sums up Bernard Tomic and Nick Kygrios", declared the TV commentator. "I learned a little bit more in Cincinnati, but today I knuckled down and really thought about it and really gave myself a chance".

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