Bernard Tomic v Nick Kyrgios: Kooyong Classic

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

To the delight of the home fans, Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic took on each other in their first ever meeting on a tennis court.

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On Wednesday at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event, Tomic pulled out a trick-shot serve to seal the 6-3, 6-4 win.

World No 51 Kyrgios said he was happy to see Tomic back in form after missing the Open previous year when his ranking plummeted.

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 freakish circumstances.

"I need a few more days to play and train and hopefully reach 100 per cent".

"I'm feeling a bit rusty, but I'm hitting the ball well and feel on good form".

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios told SBS post-match, per the AAP.

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

Tomic, who is now ranked 85 in the world, was the better player throughout the match.

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. "It's great to see a good mate like Bernie having success again".

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Not only that, McNamee reckons the unorthodox Tomic actually stole the show from larger-than-life personality Kyrgios.

"I guess I just have to play better at the end of the day".

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

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