Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Bernard Tomic's weird underarm serve on match point to defeat Nick Kyrgios

Bernard Tomic's weird underarm serve on match point to defeat Nick Kyrgios

MELBOURNE, Jan 9 ― World number seven Marin Cilic tested a knee injury with the best possible result today, but temperamental Nick Kyrgios' poor start to the season continued at the Kooyong Classic. He is projected to take on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round of the tournament should he win his first two matches. We've got so many players.

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios told SBS post-match, per the AAP.

"I'm feeling a bit rusty, but I'm hitting the ball well and feel on good form".

Incredibly, for two players who seem to have been on the scene forever, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have never played a competitive match against each other.

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It could have been worse for Kyrgios, a former Open quarter-finalist who has slipped to 50th in the rankings, and Tomic, three-times a second-week challenger at the season's first major.

"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.

Tomic dominated proceedings to claim the straight-sets victory with scores of 6-3, 6-4, but it was not the manner of his victory that left the fans talking afterwards - it was the way he sealed his win on match point.

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.

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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.

Addressing the upcoming open, Kyrgios is keen to enforce his will on the matches and play the way he wants to play.

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"I feel like I am in a good space mentally".

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