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Tennis Australia defends Dunlop balls against Bernard Tomic accusations

Tennis Australia defends Dunlop balls against Bernard Tomic accusations”

Bernard Tomic has beaten Nick Kyrgios in the first career match between two of Australia's most temperamental tennis players.

And as Kyrgios prepared himself for a full-blooded serve, Tomic tricked his compatriot with an awesome sleight of hand.

Squaring off for the first time in their careers as they prepare for next week's Australian Open, Tomic dominated his higher-ranked opponent to win 6-3 6-4, as he finished off the match in weird circumstances.

"I don't know what the Australian Open has done, but it is bad", Tomic said post-match. "He won a title previous year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum". 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 failed to qualify for last year's Australian Open, before copping a barrage of criticism when he said was only concerned with making money.

"He can make a run at the Australian Open, for sure".

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.

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

With his silky hands in superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through the first set.

"I need a few more days to play and train and hopefully reach 100 percent".

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

Playing his first event since the US Open in September, Nadal opens his bid for an 18th major title against Australian wildcard playoff victor James Duckworth, whose wretched first-round draws at the slams continued.

"I reckon that sums up Bernard Tomic and Nick Kygrios", declared the TV commentator.



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