Canada's Milos Raonic to face Aussie Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open

Aubrey Yates
January 11, 2019

The duo in question are of course Australian compatriots Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, with the former leaving his fellow countryman absolutely shell shocked after conjuring up one of the most outrageous serves you'll ever see.

However, Tomic, who has returned from a tough injury spell that saw him drop down to 243 in the world rankings, won the match in controversial fashion.

With Tomic sitting on two match points, the 26-year-old made a decision 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 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's ever been a player like BT (Tomic)", said Kyrgios after the match.

Like Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic also has a brutal opener against last year's runner-up, Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic. "He won a title past year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum which is good to see... he looks happy, he looks healthy".

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With his silky hands and superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through the first set. He added: "I know this Australian Open is going to be big as well. and I can do a lot better than I've done in the past".

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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.

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

"I need a few more days to play and train and hopefully reach 100 per cent".

"I finally learned my lesson", Barty said.

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