Canada's Milos Raonic to face home-nation Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

Two of the most controversial tennis players in the game today have, perhaps unsurprisingly, been involved in a freaky blink-and-you'll-miss-it contentious moment during an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic.

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.

In the other men's match of the day, Croatia's Marin Cilic, who is returning from injury, defeated South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3, 4-6, [15-13].

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.


"It's looking good for Australia, we have a lot of players, all playing with different style, but looking strong".

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

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios said after the match.
I need to be healthy to have a good year.

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


Tomic, who has been through numerous same dips and dives in his motivation and form as Kyrgios, was also pleased with how he is progressing.

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.

Playing his first event since the US Open in September, Nadal opens his bid for an 18th major title against Australian wildcard playoff victor James Duckworth, whose wretched first-round draws at the slams continued.

"Maybe when I reach the second week of a major, I just play better".


"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times", Kyrgios.

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