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Underarm serve between legs seals Bernard Tomic win over Nick Kyrgios

The Guardian logo The Guardian 09/01/2019 Australian Associated Press
a close up of a person holding a racket: Bernard Tomic ended the match against fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios in bizarre fashion. © Getty Images Bernard Tomic ended the match against fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios in bizarre fashion.

Squaring off for the first time in their careers as they prepare for next week’s Australian Open, Bernard Tomic dominated his higher-ranked opponent Nick Kyrgios to win 6-3, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event, sealing the match with a sneaky trick serve between his legs.

While bouncing a ball in the preparation for a regular serve Tomic flicked another ball between his legs that landed over the net and won the match, leaving Kyrgios laughing and shaking his head.

Tomic’s first set was almost flawless, while Kyrgios looked a little underdone and struggled to find some rhythm early on. With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed throught the first set. 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.

World No 51 Kyrgios said he was happy to see Tomic back in form after missing the Open last year when his ranking plummeted. “I don’t think there has ever been a player like BT,” Kyrgios told SBS after the match. “It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times. He won a title last year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum which is good to see.”

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