'What the fudge': Tomic underarm serve stuns Kyrgios

Bernard Tomic gazes at Nick Kyrgios during Davis Cup duty in 2016

Bernard Tomic gazes at Nick Kyrgios during Davis Cup duty in 2016

Incredibly, for two players who seem to have been on the scene forever, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios have never played a competitive match against each other.

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

Tomic strolled to the baseline for match point and caught a bemused Kyrgios unawares with his unorthodox serve; he did not even chase the ball as it trickled over the net, laughing with Tomic about it afterwards.

Yet both players have maintained their off-court clashes of the past - notably almost three years ago when Tomic accused Kyrgios of faking an illness to get out of playing a Davis Cup match - are behind them, and considering the relaxed nature of this tournament, it's unlikely sparks will fly when the pair finally do face off across the net.

On one hand, it was a amusing ending to the first clash between the pair.

With the Australian Open less than a week from getting underway lets hope the less than impressive showing from Kyrgios isn't a sign of things to come.

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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.

"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times."

"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios told SBS after the match.

Tomic's first set was nearly flawless, while Kyrgios looked a little underdone and struggled to find some rhythm early on.

"He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum, which is good to see".

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.

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