Tomic scores win over Kyrgios with trick serve

11 Janvier, 2019, 16:28 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

The formerly troubled Tomic, who failed to qualify a year ago for the Open when he was ranked 142nd and apparently fed up with tennis, now seems to have settled down.

"The knee felt slightly more stiff than usual, maybe that's from a first match", he said.

"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.

Cilic added: "It took me some time to recover from the emotional end to last season with the Davis Cup". "I don't know too much [about the balls], but I don't feel like it is that good of a ball".

South African world number six Anderson is still battling jetlag after arriving in Melbourne following a title victory at the weekend in Pune, India.

Raonic and Kyrgios have played six times, each winning three matches.

I have never seen a serve like this.

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"I guess it's not doing what I've been doing", said a player who quit the 2018 season in October with an elbow injury and then played basketball and worked with his charity in the off-season.

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

With Tomic sitting on two match points, the 26-year-old made a decision to try a trick serve, playing a between-the-legs shot over the net and into Kyrgios" service court before bouncing a second ball, seemingly in preparation for a "real' serve.

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.

Like Kyrgios, now ranked 51, Tomic has fallen in and out of love with the sport.

You might have to watch this a couple of times (at least)... I need to be healthy to have a good year.

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