Trick-shot Tomic bamboozles Kyrgios with freakish match point serve

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2019

Bernard Tomic has sent fans into a spin with one of the most weird finishes to a tennis match ever.

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.

Canada's Milos Raonic will face home-nation favourite Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Australian Open.

Australia's Bernard Tomic reacts during his second round match against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

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.

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

"It's good to play a competitive match, it's the best way to acclimatise", he said.

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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.

With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through the first set.

World No.51 Kyrgios had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

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

"I feel like a veteran at this stage, I just need to make sure the body is right". "Ranking that stuff is temporary, I know I can go out there and trouble Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, I'm not anxious about going out there and losing 3 and 4 to BT".

He said: "I've made third or fourth round many times and lost to the great players of the world so my target is to make another quarter or maybe a semi if I can".

"We don't want to hurt ourselves and go too hard, because we've got to play in five days, the important one", said Tomic.

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