Kyrgios cops Raonic in Aussie Open opener

Nick Kyrgios is a truly enigmatic Australian sporting figure

At least that's the hope - Tomic also expressed a concern that Kyrgios might not take the match entirely seriously and as such his ability to complete his preparations for Melbourne Park will be affected.

While there were no tantrums, the match ended on a controversial note when Tomic clinched the match 6-3 6-4 with an underarm serve between his legs.

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.

Tomic hit the ball between his legs while still bouncing another ... and it totally stumped Kyrgios and the umpire.

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Tomic continued to bamboozle Kyrgios with off-pace shots and continually drew unforced errors as the match wrapped up in around an hour.

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

"Definitely I struggled with a lot of things a year ago, my body was one and I was going through some tough times", Kyrgios said.

He has struggled with motivation in recent years and McNamee - a former doubles world No.1 and Australian Open tournament director - said he wasn't sure that the gifted right-hander could make it back as an elite player.

"I've been doing all the right things for next week, ticked all the boxes, got the body right".

"I think it's an exciting time for Australian tennis as we've got such a wide variety of players".

He said: "I've made third or fourth round many times and lost to the great players of the world so my target is to make another quarter or maybe a semi if I can".

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