Bernard Tomic wins first clash with Nick Kyrgios Kooyong Classic

Bernard Tomic wins first clash with Nick Kyrgios Kooyong Classic

It's a blockbuster match-up for Nick Kyrgios in the first round at the Australian Open with the unseeded Australian drawing Canadian Milos Raonic.

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.

Serving for the match, Tomic bounced the ball in preparation for a regular serve before flicking an underarm shot between his legs.

Kyrgios was left laughing and shaking his head in disbelief as the umpire announced "game, set and match" with a 6-3 6-4 scoreline after a few moments of deliberation in the Australian Open warmup encounter.

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

Australian men's No.1 Alex de Minaur looks to have a much smoother path to the second round, the 27th seed opening against Portugal's Pedro Sousa.

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 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.

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.

Now ranked 85, Tomic finished the year in style with an ATP title in China.

"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week".

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

Tomic hoped his form held up and managed to equal or better his three fourth round appearances, in 2016, 2015 and 2012. "I have to raise my game and play better at the end of the day".

"I reckon that sums up Bernard Tomic and Nick Kygrios", declared the TV commentator.

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