Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios using cheeky serve tactic

Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios using cheeky serve tactic

Kyrgios said he was happy to see Tomic back in form after missing the 2018 Open with his ranking plummeting to as low as 243 through the year.

"I don't know what the Australian Open has done, but it is awful", Tomic said post-match. "It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times", world number 51 Kyrgios, who himself has struggled for consistency, added.

In fact, the first shot was completely legal and caught Kyrgios flat-footed as the equally-stunned umpire called game, set and match to Tomic.

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

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

"I reckon that sums up Bernard Tomic and Nick Kygrios", declared the TV commentator. "I'm paying money to be here and the two idiots aren't giving two shits", she wrote.


The Australian Open made a switch from Wilson to Dunlop.

"I'll worry about that (the Open) come Sunday or Monday, whenever we're finished here", Barty said after storming into the semi-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets defeat of world No.12 Elise Mertens.

With victories over three grand slam champions already this summer, including world No.1 Simona Halep on Wednesday, Barty says she fears no one and looms as Australia's best hope in more than a decade to break Australia's 41-year women's title drought. The pair have never playedon the ATP Tour.

Isner's defeat was another blow to a tournament already deprived of star power by the withdrawals of Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut and Tomas Berdych and the first-round losses of Chung Hyeon and Denis Shapovalov.

The two men were squaring off for the first time in their careers as they prepare for next week's Australian Open.

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