Cheeky victor: Bernard Tomic defeats Nick Kyrgios with incredible trick serve

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

Bernard Tomic won the battle of Australia's tennis bad boys with a comical trick serve through his legs at the Kooyong Classic Wednesday, as he and opponent Nick Kyrgios both talked up their chances at the Australian Open.

Tomic ended his victory with a flourish, sending over a sneaky serve on match point by hitting the ball between his legs for a victor ― a move which totally caught Kyrgios off guard.

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.

"I don't think there's ever been a player like BT (Tomic)", said Kyrgios after the match. "He won a title past year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum".

Tomic's first set was nearly flawless, while Kyrgios looked a little underdone and struggled to find some rhythm early on.

"He can make a run at the Australian Open, for sure".

After composing himself, Kyrgios said he was happy to see the 85th-ranked Tomic back in form after missing the Australian Open previous year when his ranking plummeted.

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Cilic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in an epic Australian Open final previous year, said his knee was not a worry on court.

With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed throught 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".

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

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".

The crowd-pleasing tune-up for the Australian Open was marked by good-natured competition.

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

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