Trick-shot Tomic bamboozles Kyrgios with freaky match point serve


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

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. It did not come as a surprise when controversy erupted in the match - right on the very last point.

Both immensely talented Australians are ranked between 50 and 100 but it's Kyrgios, usually seeded at the majors, who the world's top players wanted to avoid in the early rounds.

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

A few seconds passed before confused onlookers - including Kyrgios, broadcasters and the chair umpire - cottoned on; the ball landed well in bounds and Tomic, approaching the net with arms aloft, had planned it. Australia's Bernard Tomic reacts during his second round match against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Kyrgios did not seem rattled by the point and laughed it off.

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"I think we (Tomic and Kyrgios) can make deep runs at the Australian Open but also we've got de Minaur, (John) Millman, we've got so many players", Kyrgios said.

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

Chastened somewhat, Tomic began to rebuild his game last season, winning his first title since 2015 at Chengdu last September and he appears to be carrying that momentum forward. "It's an exciting time for Australian tennis", he continued.

Stick with me for the match - the players will be out soon, with Marin Čilić and Kevin Anderson's preceding match having just ended in the Croat's favour, 6-3, 4-6, 15-13, following a lengthy match tie-break.

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