Daunting first round assignments for Kyrgios and Tomic

Daunting first round assignments for Kyrgios and Tomic

While Australian cricket has suffered its share of embarrassment over the past 12 months, that's just a small slice of what tennis has endured over recent years through the dubious exploits of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.

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

Tomic ended his victory with a flourish, sending over a sneaky serve on match point by hitting the ball between his legs for a victor ― a move which totally caught Kyrgios off guard.

Tomic dominated proceedings to claim the straight-sets victory with scores of 6-3, 6-4, but it was not the manner of his victory that left the fans talking afterwards - it was the way he sealed his win on match point.

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios said following the match. "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".

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.

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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.

"We could make deep runs at the Australian Open, but we've also got Alex de Minaur and John Millman".

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.

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

I have never seen a serve like this. "I count my millions", Tomic told the media last January.

While spectators fumed, both players declared themselves satisfied with their form, heading into next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.