Bernard Tomic baffles Nick Kyrgios with freakish match-winning serve

14 January, 2019, 11:12 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • Bernard Tomic gazes at Nick Kyrgios during Davis Cup duty in 2016

It was a fitting ending however for a rather boring contest, with Kyrgios struggling from the outset as Tomic lulled his rival into his game plan.

While there were no tantrums, the match ended on a controversial note when Tomic clinched the match 6-3 6-4 with an underarm serve between his legs.

The Australian's ranking is up to No. 85 in the world just ahead of his home Slam, while Kyrgios has dipped down to No. 51.

"Match point was a joke, but to have the skill to and cleverness to actually do something that's illegal no match point - a [between the legs] little trick serve - was remarkable", McNamee told the Today Show. "You never want to see a talent like that go down and keep being down".

"On a positive side, Bernard Tomic hasn't played as well as that for five years".

Bernard Tomic was mighty impressive against Nick Kyrgios.

The two men were squaring off for the first time in their careers as they prepare for next week's Australian Open.

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

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"I just count money, that's all I do".

The 23-year-old was bemused when asked if he planned to watch the draw, conducted at Melbourne Park and televised live.

Australia's top-ranked player, world No.15 Ashleigh Barty, is the only home-grown women's seed meaning she's guaranteed not to run into a top-eight rival until at least the second week. The party is over for Bernie Tomic and he's ready to come back.

Kyrgios said there was a simple recipe for success but it still needed to be executed.

"His game wasn't on song yesterday, I've got to be honest".

Tomic delivered one of the craziest finishes ever seen in a tennis match.

"But he was incredibly humble and gracious about the other Aussie, so I saw some perspective with Nick that I really haven't seen for a long time, if at all".



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