Tomic produces astonishing trick serve to beat Kyrgios on match point

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

At least that's the hope - Tomic also expressed a concern that Kyrgios might not take the match entirely seriously and as such his ability to complete his preparations for Melbourne Park will be affected.

If he gets past the 16th seed, he could face 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, another risky floater in this year's devilish draw, with world No.4 Alexander Zverev Kyrgios's projected last-16 opponent. Tomic, intentionally or not, added some fuel to the fire (even though it may have been mere lighter fluid rather than a can of petrol) when saying yesterday that Kyrgios is "mentally struggling" at the moment.

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

But de Minaur could run into Nadal as early as round three.

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.

Tomic has slipped down the world rankings from a career high number 17 in recent seasons, but has improved recently and won his first title in three years at the Chengdu Open in September.

Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur has cut down the equal-tallest man in professional tennis to move into the Sydney International quarter-finals for a second straight year.

The battle of the brats could hardly have ended on a more fitting note.

The world No.15 launches her title quest against Thai Luksika Kumkhum, with Barty's first big test likely to come in the fourth round against Danish defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. "I count my millions", Tomic told the media last January.

But the pair faced off in a low-key matchup that served as a useful warm-up for their respective campaigns at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne.

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