Bernard Tomic's outrageous trick serve to beat Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios&apos Brisbane International campaign was brief and controversial

Nick Kyrgios&apos Brisbane International campaign was brief and controversial

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.

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.

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.

Until then, Tomic had dominated the contest on his way to a comprehensive 6-3, 6-4 win.

"I don't think there has ever been a player like Bernard", Kyrgios said afterwards. "He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum".

Cilic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in an epic Australian Open final previous year, said his knee was not a worry.

Tomic's first set was nearly flawless, while Kyrgios, who made a second round exit at Brisbane last week, looked a little underdone.

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

I have never seen a serve like this.

And Kyrgios was equally classy after the match as he paid tribute to Tomic, the former world number 17 who has clawed his way back up the rankings after falling as low as 243 in the ATP rankings.

"We don't want to hurt ourselves and go too hard, because we've got to play in five days, the important one", said Tomic.

Kyrgios, who lost in the second round in Brisbane last week, had a break-point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

But the pair faced off in a low-key matchup that served as a useful warm-up for their respective campaigns at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne.

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