Trick-shot Tomic bamboozles Kyrgios with bizarre match point serve

Nick Kyrgios remains the walking paradox of Australian tennis ahead of Open

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

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.

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.

While bouncing a ball in 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.

As for his own chances at his home Slam, Kyrgios had limited advice.

"Maybe when I reach the second week of a major, I just play better".




"I've been doing all the right things for next week, ticked all the boxes, got the body right".

A quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2015, Kyrgios reached the fourth round past year before falling in a tight four-setter to third seed Grigor Dimitrov.

It was a fitting ending however for a rather boring contest, with Kyrgios struggling from the outset as Tomic lulled his rival into his game plan.

That bad attitude lasted through his aborted three-day run in the South African jungle in an Aussie celebrity survival series a month later.

"He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum". "My attitude towards tennis is the same whether I won or lose", he said.

"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week. I'm okay now (with tennis)". "Nick and I have played so many times at practice, we know exactly what the other is going to do ― it's a little bit like cheating", the 83rd-ranked Tomic joked.

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