Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios using cheeky serve tactic

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He has copped some backlash for his "joke" serve to complete a 6-3 6-4 win over Kyrgios at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, but McNamee said he was hugely impressed with Tomic's form.

While the encounter was largely played in good spirits, Tomic won the encounter 6-3, 6-4 in controversial fashion.

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.

"We could make deep runs at the Australian Open, but we've also got Alex de Minaur and John Millman".

Tomic's first set was nearly 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.

"He was really struggling and I think he'll have a tough task turning that around before next week", McNamee said.

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Like Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic also has a brutal opener against last year's runner-up, Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic.

Chastened somewhat, Tomic began to rebuild his game last season, winning his first title since 2015 at Chengdu last September and he appears to be carrying that momentum forward.

Kyrgios, who lost in the second round at the Brisbane International last week, had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

Now ranked 85, Tomic finished the year in style with an ATP title in China. He added: "I know this Australian Open is going to be big as well. and I can do a lot better than I've done in the past".

"It's sad to see a talent like that go down and just get beaten down so to see him with a smile on his face, embracing the crowd, he loves that".

"I need a few more days to play and train and hopefully reach 100 percent". "My attitude to tennis is the same whether I won or lose", he said.

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