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

11 January 2019, 09:40 | Pamela Mathis

Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

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. He is projected to take on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round of the tournament should he win his first two matches.

Cilic added: "It took me some time to recover from the emotional end to last season with the Davis Cup".

Bernard Tomic stunned the Kooyong Classic crowd when he used a sneaky trick serve between his legs on match point to seal a win over Nick Kyrgios in the maiden encounter between the two Australians.

South African world number six Anderson is still battling jetlag after arriving in Melbourne following a title victory at the weekend in Pune, India.

He is also relaxed about his form heading into the first Grand Slam of the season next week.

"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. I need to be healthy to have a good year.

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

While bouncing a ball in preparation for a regular serve, Tomic flicked another ball between his legs that landed over the net and won the match, leaving Kyrgios laughing and shaking his head.

"It's an exhibition match, but you can still bet on it... how this isn't match-fixing is beyond me".

Raonic is the sixteenth seed, but he drew the short straw and will open against unseeded Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is ranked No. 51 in the world.

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. "I'm okay now (with tennis)". "But at the moment I'm happy, the last three months (of 2018) was good". "Ranking that stuff is temporary, I know I can go out there and trouble Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, I'm not anxious about going out there and losing 3 and 4 to BT".



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