Bernard Tomic baffles Nick Kyrgios with freakish match-winning serve

Jose Verdugo
Enero 11, 2019

The much-anticipated clash between two controversial figures of Australian tennis lived up to it's billing as Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios served up a match which had tennis fans in a spin on social media.

Tomic, who is now ranked 85 in the world, was the better player throughout the match.

With Tomic sitting on two match points, the 26-year-old chose 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.

The world number 83's good-natured 6-3, 6-4 victory over his longtime friend Kyrgios ended with a flourish when he sent down the sneaky serve, while bouncing another ball, on match point.

"I don't think there's ever been a player like BT (Tomic)", said Kyrgios after the match.

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.

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

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

Raonic is the sixteenth seed, but he drew the short straw and will open against unseeded Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is ranked No. 51 in the world.

Now ranked 85, Tomic finished the year in style with an ATP title in China. "You never want to see a talent like that go down and keep being down".

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

"I'll worry about that (the Open) come Sunday or Monday, whenever we're finished here", Barty said after storming into the semi-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets defeat of world No.12 Elise Mertens.

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