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2019 Kooyong Classic
Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne
Nick Kyrgios vs Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios meet on the second day of action at the Kooyong classic. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 1pm (AEDT).
If there ever was a match from which punters should steer well clear, this might just be the one.
The bad boys of Australian tennis meet in an exhibition match that will hopefully provide both with some valuable court time in the lead up to the Australian Open which begins in Melbourne next week.
Kyrgios looks to be in very good touch and his victory over Rafael Nadal in the fast four format just a few nights back shows positive signs, despite his still rather blasé approach to professional tennis.
Now ranked 51 on the ATP rankings, Australia’s fourth-highest ranked player will be a dangerous floater in the draw for tennis’ first major of the season.
After a solid run in Brisbane where he defeated Ryan Harrison but fell to eventual semi-finalist Jeremy Chardy, the 23-year-old will have high hopes for a great performance in front of the home fans.
Bernard Tomic has already enjoyed a victory at Kooyong this week and his win against Jack Sock of the United States was a solid performance, where he stuck at the task well throughout the entire match.
With a world ranking of 85, the enigmatic Australian had another year of hits and misses, whilst appearing emotionally frail and unmotivated.
With a little pop-shot at the mental stability of his opponent today and a real gripe with the quality of the balls being used at the Australian Open next week, Tomic is living up to his controversial reputation and both men’s personalities and histories make this an intriguing and potentially controversial match.
Despite the obvious tension between them, they claim to be friends. Although the reliability of either’s comments must always be questioned.
With both players in seemingly good form, I will defer to Kyrgios as the potential winner. Whilst both blow hot and cold, the Canberran is far more consistent in his application and his talent is beyond question.
Kyrgios to win in two sets with a lone service break in each.
Where: Kooyong Stadium, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 9th January 2019, 1pm (AEDT)
Betting: Bernard Tomic $2.31 Nick Kyrgios $1.56
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