Bernard Tomic ends first clash with Nick Kyrgios with a sneaky serve

Nick Kyrgios remains the walking paradox of Australian tennis ahead of Open

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.

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.

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

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios said following the match. After the match he was optimistic of a bigger and better year around.

As for his own chances at his home Slam, Kyrgios had limited advice.

"I'll worry about that (the Open) come Sunday or Monday, whenever we're finished here", Barty said after storming into the semi-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets defeat of world No.12 Elise Mertens.

"I know it was just an exhibition, but he was pretty impressive".

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"His game wasn't on song yesterday, I've got to be honest".

"I've been doing all the right things for next week, ticked all the boxes, got the body right". Tomic, intentionally or not, added some fuel to the fire (even though it may have been mere lighter fluid rather than a can of petrol) when saying yesterday that Kyrgios is "mentally struggling" at the moment.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the main draw of the Australian Open on Friday after her opponent retired with an injury in the second set of her final qualifying match.

That bad attitude lasted through his aborted three-day run in the South African jungle in an Aussie celebrity survival series a month later.

"He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum which is good to see... he looks happy, he looks healthy. I count my millions", Tomic told the media last January.

"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week".

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