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Canadians face tough early matchups at Australian Open

12 January, 2019, 10:14 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Two of the most controversial tennis players in the game today have, perhaps unsurprisingly, been involved in a freakish blink-and-you'll-miss-it contentious moment during an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic.

Bernard Tomic won the battle of Australia's tennis bad boys with a comical trick serve through his legs at the Kooyong Classic Wednesday, as he and opponent Nick Kyrgios both talked up their chances at the Australian Open. It did not come as a surprise when controversy erupted in the match - right on the very last point. He then broke in the seventh game of the second set to give himself the advantage.

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.

With the encounter played in good spirits, Tomic claimed match point when he dished up a freakish trick serve.

The match ended on a freaky note when Tomic's final serve was an underarm tweener that caught Kyrgios completely off guard.

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

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

"We could make deep runs at the Australian Open, but we've also got Alex de Minaur and John Millman. I have to raise my game and play better at the end of the day". That duck will be broken today, in the refined surrounds of the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, as preparations are fine tuned ahead of next week's season-opening major, the Australian Open.

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, as he finished off the match in freaky circumstances.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will take on Spain's Pablo Andujar when the Australian Open begins Monday at Melbourne Park.

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