Nick Kyrgios cops Milos Raonic in Australian Open first round

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To the delight of the home fans, Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic took on each other in their first ever meeting on a tennis court.

However, Tomic, who has returned from a tough injury spell that saw him drop down to 243 in the world rankings, won the match in controversial fashion.

While serving for the match at 5-4, Tomic dropped a ball and hit it between his legs while he was bouncing another ball.

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.

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

Chastened somewhat, Tomic began to rebuild his game last season, winning his first title since 2015 at Chengdu last September and he appears to be carrying that momentum forward.

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Tomic, back in the main draw after failing to qualify last year, has an even more challenging opener against last year's runner-up, Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic. He added: "I know this Australian Open is going to be big as well. and I can do a lot better than I've done in the past".

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.

World No.51 Kyrgios had a break point early in the second but was unable to consolidate with Tomic then breaking at 3-3.

World No. 51 Kyrgios said he was happy to see Tomic back in form after missing the Open a year ago when his ranking plummeted.

I have never seen a serve like this.

"This will be our last opportunity to practise because in five days it's the Australian Open", Tomic said after putting in what he termed a decent performance against the 106th-ranked Sock.

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