Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tomic beats Kyrgios in all-Australian temperamental match-up | AP sports

Tomic beats Kyrgios in all-Australian temperamental match-up | AP sports

Nick Kyrgios cools off during his match against Bernard Tomic at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

"Match point was a joke, but to have the skill to and cleverness to actually do something that's illegal no match point - a [between the legs] little trick serve - was remarkable", McNamee told the Today Show.

"The knee felt slightly more stiff than usual, maybe that's from a first match", he said.

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

In this instance, the ball did seem to touch the ground before it was hit.

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

It could have been worse for Kyrgios, a former Open quarter-finalist who has slipped to 50th in the rankings, and Tomic, three-times a second-week challenger at the season's first major.

"It's looking good for Australia, we have a lot of players, all playing with different style, but looking strong". I need to be healthy to have a good year.

"If I was one of the top seeds, I'd be a bit anxious about him next week".

World No.51 Kyrgios had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

It caught the relaxed Kyrgios completely off guard, and left him laughing and shaking his head.

Tomic's first set was nearly flawless, while Kyrgios, who has slipped to number 51 in the world, looked a little underdone and struggled to find some rhythm early on.

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

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.

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT".

Addressing the upcoming open, Kyrgios is keen to enforce his will on the matches and play the way he wants to play. I didn't play a lot of tennis past year ― which was my own fault.

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