Two of the most controversial tennis players in the game today have, perhaps unsurprisingly, been involved in a freaky blink-and-you'll-miss-it contentious moment during an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic.
"His game wasn't on song yesterday, I've got to be honest".
Tomic delivered one of the craziest finishes ever seen in a tennis match.
"I'm feeling a bit rusty, but I'm hitting the ball well and feel on good form".
It was supposed to be a showdown between two of Australia's biggest tennis talents, but it was one-way traffic at the Kooyong Classic with Bernard Tomic strolling to the comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over compatriot Nick Kyrgios.
It could have been worse for Kyrgios, a former Open quarter-finalist who has slipped to 50th in the rankings, and Tomic, three-times a second-week challenger at the season's first major.
"It's good to play a competitive match, it's the best way to acclimatise", he said.
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There was confusion from Kyrgios' end as he processed what had happened before the world No 51 started walking to the net, albeit shaking his head.
Tomic, still just 26, has fought back to a world ranking of No.85 after blowing out to No.243 during a tough 2018.
"I'll worry about that (the Open) come Sunday or Monday, whenever we're finished here", Barty said after storming into the semi-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets defeat of world No.12 Elise Mertens.
Addressing the upcoming open, Kyrgios is keen to enforce his will on the matches and play the way he wants to play.
"I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing but I think there will be more things on than the Australian Open draw", he said with a laugh.
Kyrgios, who was knocked out in the second round at Brisbane last week, was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by friend and fellow comeback candidate Bernard Tomic in an all-Australian battle. I didn't play a lot of tennis past year ― which was my own fault.