Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Bernard Tomic wins first clash with Nick Kyrgios Kooyong Classic

Bernard Tomic wins first clash with Nick Kyrgios Kooyong Classic

"I just wanted to get out here today and hit some serves, get that match preparation, face some serves", he said.

Cilic added: "It took me some time to recover from the emotional end to last season with the Davis Cup".

South African world number six Anderson was battling jetlag after arriving in Melbourne following a title victory at the weekend in Pune, India.

Polansky made history last season as the first player to gain entry into each of the four Grand Slam tournaments as a lucky loser after losing his final qualifier.

"It's looking good for Australia, we have a lot of players, all playing with different style, but looking strong".

"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week".

"I'll worry about that (the Open) come Sunday or Monday, whenever we're finished here", Barty said after storming into the semi-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets defeat of world No.12 Elise Mertens.

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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.

Both immensely talented Australians are ranked between 50 and 100 but it's Kyrgios, usually seeded at the majors, who the world's top players wanted to avoid in the early rounds.

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.

Tomic, on match point, prepared to unleash a serve in the standard overhead manner, only to completely deceive his opponent by cheekily flicked the ball between his legs, simultaneously distracting Kyrgios by rapidly bouncing another ball.

After winning 5-7, 6-4, 10-6, Tomic is looking ahead to his clash on Wednesday againstKyrgios, who has also been struggling with form and motivation.

"The knee felt slightly more stiff than usual, maybe that's from a first match", he said. "I'm okay now (with tennis)".

"I feel like I am in a good space mentally".

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