Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios in all Australian temperamental match up

12 January, 2019, 10:17 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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What we might get is an indication of where each player is at just days out from the Open.

The Australian tennis pair of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have become well known for their moments of madness. After the match he was optimistic of a bigger and better year around.

"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.

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 guess I just have to raise my game a little bit", the Canberran said.

Yet both players have maintained their off-court clashes of the past - notably almost three years ago when Tomic accused Kyrgios of faking an illness to get out of playing a Davis Cup match - are behind them, and considering the relaxed nature of this tournament, it's unlikely sparks will fly when the pair finally do face off across the net.

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


Chastened somewhat, Tomic began to rebuild his game last season, winning his first title since 2015 at Chengdu last September and he appears to be carrying that momentum forward.

Tomic failed to qualify for last year's Australian Open, before copping a barrage of criticism when he said was only concerned with making money.

"He was serving well but I think I returned well", Tomic said.

"I've been to the fourth round (of grand slams) so many times, two quarter-finals and I've had some tough matches in those rounds".

"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week. I'm okay now (with tennis)".

"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.

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