Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios with a sneaky ace on match point

Heather Diaz
January 11, 2019

Bernard Tomic stunned the Kooyong Classic crowd when he used a sneaky trick serve between his legs on match point to seal a win over Nick Kyrgios in the maiden encounter between the two Australians.

With the encounter played in good spirits, Tomic claimed match point when he dished up a weird trick serve.

Tomic, on match point, prepared to unleash a serve in the standard overhead manner, only to completely deceive his opponent by cheekily flicked the ball between his legs, simultaneously distracting Kyrgios by rapidly bouncing another ball.

Squaring off for the first time in their careers as they prepare for next week's Australian Open, Tomic dominated his higher-ranked opponent to win 6-3 6-4, as he finished off the match in freakish circumstances.

Cilic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in an epic Australian Open final past year, said his knee was not a worry on court. "He won a title previous year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum".

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

"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times", Kyrgios.

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"We could make deep runs at the Australian Open, but we've also got Alex de Minaur and John Millman".

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

Kyrgios, who was knocked out in the second round at Brisbane last week, was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by friend and fellow comeback candidate Bernard Tomic in an all-Australian battle.

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.

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

"This will be our last opportunity to practise because in five days it's the Australian Open", Tomic said after putting in what he termed a decent performance against the 106th-ranked Sock.

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