Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

It's an absolute joke: Tomic's underarm serve vs Kyrgios leaves spectators fuming

It's an absolute joke: Tomic's underarm serve vs Kyrgios leaves spectators fuming

At the Kooyong Classic exhibition event, Tomic sealed the match with a trick serve between his legs, something that Kyrgios is more noted for doing during a match.

Replays showed the ball bounced before Tomic hit it, meaning it should have been ruled an illegal serve under International Tennis Federation rules.

Tomic won the first battle of the tennis brats 6-3 6-4, although with little at stake it was hard to get a read on their true form heading into the first major of the year.

Bernard Tomic was mighty impressive against Nick Kyrgios.

Playing his first event since the US Open in September, Nadal opens his bid for an 18th major title against Australian wildcard playoff victor James Duckworth, whose wretched first-round draws at the slams continued.

"I don't think there's ever been a player like BT (Tomic)", Kyrgios, another of Australia's more mercurial talents, told reporters.

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

Meanwhile, Tomic, who missed last year's Australian Open, has lofty ambitions for the 2019 competition.

Chastened somewhat, Tomic began to rebuild his game last season, winning his first title since 2015 at Chengdu last September and he appears to be carrying that momentum forward.

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.

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

"Definitely I struggled with a lot of things previous year, my body was one and I was going through some tough times", Kyrgios said.

"I guess I just have to raise my game a little bit", the Canberran said.

"I'm going to go out there and do all the things I usually do, serve big play big and do things on my terms", he said about the Australian Open.

"I thought not, Bernie Tomic - until yesterday". "My target is to make another Grand Slam quarter-final, maybe even a semi".

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