Bernard Tomic beats Nick Kyrgios using cheeky serve tactic

Nick Kyrgios&apos Brisbane International campaign was brief and controversial

Tomic and Kyrgios had never met before in competition prior to their match at Wednesday's exhibition event.

Tomic won the first battle of the tennis brats 6-3 6-4, although with little at stake it was hard to get a read on their true form heading into the first major of the year.

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

A few seconds passed before confused onlookers - including Kyrgios, broadcasters and the chair umpire - cottoned on; the ball landed well in bounds and Tomic, approaching the net with arms aloft, had planned it.

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

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

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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.

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.

Now ranked 85, Tomic finished the year in style with an ATP title in China.

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".

"I just wanted to get out here today and hit some serves, get that match preparation, face some serves", he said.

"I feel like a veteran at this stage, I just need to make sure the body is right".

"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.

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