Tomic beats Kyrgios in all-Australian temperamental match-up

Ruben Holloway
January 12, 2019

The move left Kyrgios laughing and shaking his head.

While spectators fumed, both players declared themselves satisfied with their form, heading into next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.

The wait was worth it as he posted a gritty 6-3, 4-6, 15-13 win over Kevin Anderson, recovering from 2-7 down in the new final-set tiebreaker that will be used at the Australian Open for the first time next week.

With two match points to play with, Tomic begun bouncing a ball in preparation to serve when he casually flicked another ball between his legs which had enough power to go over the net and into Kyrgios' service box.

Kyrgios said there was plenty for Australian fans to cheer about in the men's draw, with his Kooyong rival Bernard Tomic back in form and world No.29 Alex de Minaur leading the local charge.

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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.

"I know it was just an exhibition, but he was pretty impressive".

Tomic continued to bamboozle Kyrgios with off-pace shots and continually drew unforced errors as the match wrapped up in around an hour.

"If I was one of the top seeds, I'd be a bit anxious about him next week.

He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum".

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Tomic will return to the main draw in Melbourne after falling the qualifying rounds a year ago.

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

He said: "I've made third or fourth round many times and lost to the great players of the world so my target is to make another quarter or maybe a semi if I can".

"I'm going to go out there and do all the things I usually do, serve big play big and do things on my terms", he said about the Australian Open. "I'm okay now (with tennis)".

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