Tomic scores win over Kyrgios with trick serve

Bernard Tomic of Australia reacts during his match with compatriot Nick Kyrgios on the second day of the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne

Bernard Tomic impresses Nick Kyrgios ahead of Australian Open in Kooyong Classic win

The Australian tennis pair of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have become well known for their moments of madness.

With two match points to play with, Tomic begun bouncing a ball in preparation to serve when he casually flicked another ball between his legs which had enough power to go over the net and into Kyrgios' service box.

The Australian Open 2019 draw was held early Thursday morning, and it revealed a tough first-round matchup for Milos Raonic and a potential second-round blockbuster for Eugenie Bouchard.

And as Kyrgios prepared himself for a full-blooded serve, Tomic tricked his compatriot with an wonderful sleight of hand.

Tomic won the first battle of the tennis brats 6-3 6-4, although with little at stake it was hard to get a read on their true form heading into the first major of the year.

"I guess it's not doing what I've been doing", said a player who quit the 2018 season in October with an elbow injury and then played basketball and worked with his charity in the off-season.

In fact, the first shot was completely legal and caught Kyrgios flat-footed as the equally-stunned umpire called game, set and match to Tomic.

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With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through the first set.

"He won a title past year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum which is good to see... he looks happy, he looks healthy".

"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times", world number 51 Kyrgios, who himself has struggled for consistency, added.

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

"I just want to get matches in".

"I guess I just have to raise my game a little bit", the Canberran said.

"I think it's an exciting time for Australian tennis as we've got such a wide variety of players". "My target is to make another Grand Slam quarter-final, maybe even a semi".

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