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

Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

The duo in question are of course Australian compatriots Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, with the former leaving his fellow countryman absolutely shell shocked after conjuring up one of the most outrageous serves you'll ever see.

Tomic will return to the main draw in Melbourne after falling the qualifying rounds previous year.

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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What we might get is an indication of where each player is at just days out from the Open.

Fittingly, given her rich vein of form and much-deserved first-time top-16 seeding, Barty looks the best bet to go deepest of the 20 Australians so far in the main draws.

Kyrgios, 23, was punished for being unseeded at a grand slam event for the first time in more than three years.

But the 22-year-old insists her immediate focus is on winning this week's Sydney International to complete the flawless Open build-up.

Kyrgios was left laughing and shaking his head in disbelief as the umpire announced "game, set and match" with a 6-3 6-4 scoreline after a few moments of deliberation in the Australian Open warmup encounter.

"He was serving well but I think I returned well", Tomic said.

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