Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios in all Australian temperamental match up

Nick Kyrgios

The maiden clash between Tomic and Kyrgios was much anticipated, although Australian Olympian Georgie Parker was among those less than impressed with the exhibition put on at Kooyong.

While Australian cricket has suffered its share of embarrassment over the past 12 months, that's just a small slice of what tennis has endured over recent years through the dubious exploits of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios. It did not come as a surprise when controversy erupted in the match - right on the very last point.

"It was a lot of fun just to get back out there", the often edgy Kyrgios, who has slipped to 51 in the world, said. He then broke in the seventh game of the second set to give himself the advantage.

"I reckon that sums up Bernard Tomic and Nick Kygrios", declared the TV commentator.

Serving for the contest in the second set, world number 85 Tomic moved into his service stance before chipping one ball over the net while still bouncing another, catching Kyrgios, the umpire and spectators completely off guard.

Kyrgios did not seem rattled by the point and laughed it off.

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"I need a few more days to play and train and hopefully reach 100 per cent".

Raonic and Kyrgios have played six times, each winning three matches.

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

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

"I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing but I think there will be more things on than the Australian Open draw", he said with a laugh.

Australian No.2 Daria Gavrilova starts her Open campaign against Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, Ajla Tomljanovic faces Britain's Sydney-born 2017 semi-finalist Johanna Konta and veteran Samantha Stosur meets Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska first-up.

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