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Canadians face tough early matchups at Australian Open

Canadians face tough early matchups at Australian Open

The much-anticipated clash between two controversial figures of Australian tennis lived up to it's billing as Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios served up a match which had tennis fans in a spin on social media.

Tomic ended his victory with a flourish, sending over a sneaky serve on match point by hitting the ball between his legs for a victor ― a move which totally caught Kyrgios off guard.

Tomic won the first battle of the tennis brats 6-3 6-4, although with little at stake it was hard to get a read on their true form heading into the first major of the year.

"I don't think there's ever been a player like BT (Tomic)", Kyrgios, another of Australia's more mercurial talents, told reporters. "He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum".

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.

"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times", Kyrgios.




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 can make a run at the Australian Open, for sure".

Kyrgios, who was knocked out in the second round at Brisbane last week, was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by friend and fellow comeback candidate Bernard Tomic in an all-Australian battle.

What we might get is an indication of where each player is at just days out from the Open.

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.

The Australian's ranking is up to No. 85 in the world just ahead of his home Slam, while Kyrgios has dipped down to No. 51. "My attitude to tennis is the same whether I won or lose", he said.


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