Bernard Tomic wins first clash with Nick Kyrgios Kooyong Classic

  • Bernard Tomic wins first clash with Nick Kyrgios Kooyong Classic

Bernard Tomic wins first clash with Nick Kyrgios Kooyong Classic

Tomic, ranked at No. 85 in the world, finished the match in style as he hit a tweener underarm serve ace.

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, 26, won the first-ever clash between the two as he handed a 6-3 6-4 loss to 23-year-old Kyrgios.

And as Kyrgios prepared himself for a full-blooded serve, Tomic tricked his compatriot with an fantastic sleight of hand.

"He won a title past year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum which is good to see. he looks happy, he looks healthy".

"Definitely I struggled with a lot of things a year ago, my body was one and I was going through some tough times", Kyrgios said.

"I just count money, that's all I do".

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.

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.

With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through 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.

At least that's the hope - Tomic also expressed a concern that Kyrgios might not take the match entirely seriously and as such his ability to complete his preparations for Melbourne Park will be affected.

"He was serving well but I think I returned well", Tomic said.

John Millman plays Argentine Federico Delbonis while Australian men's No.1 Alex de Minaur looks to have a much smoother path to the second round, the 27th seed opening against Portugal's Pedro Sousa.