Tomic beats Kyrgios in all-Australian temperamental match-up

Tomic beats Kyrgios in all-Australian temperamental match-up

Bernard Tomic won his first competitive outing of the season Tuesday, beating American Jack Sock in a pre-Australian Open tune-up that will also see him take on fellow livewire Australian Nick Kyrgios.

While the encounter was largely played in good spirits, Tomic won the encounter 6-3, 6-4 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.

Tomic dominated proceedings to claim the straight-sets victory with scores of 6-3, 6-4, but it was not the manner of his victory that left the fans talking afterwards - it was the way he sealed his win on match point.

"I don't know what the Australian Open has done, but it is awful", Tomic said post-match.

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Kyrgios, who lost in the second round at the Brisbane International last week, had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

"He won a title past year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum, which is good to see".

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

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

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

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

What we might get is an indication of where each player is at just days out from the Open.

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