Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tomic produces astonishing trick serve to beat Kyrgios on match point

Tomic produces astonishing trick serve to beat Kyrgios on match point

Australian rivals Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios met at the Kooyong Classic, with Tomic claiming a straight-sets win with a cheeky between-the-legs serve that left his opponent stunned.

While the encounter was largely played in good spirits, Tomic won the encounter 6-3, 6-4 in controversial fashion.

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 following the match. "He won a title past year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum".

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And the assignment doesn't get any easier for fellow Australian Bernard Tomic with the Queenslander drawing last year's Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic.

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

Tomic's first set was nearly flawless, while Kyrgios, who has slipped to number 51 in the world, looked a little underdone and struggled to find some rhythm early on. "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. "The players gave us feedback that they would like to have a consistent ball".

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"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.

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