Nick Kyrgios mocks Bernard Tomic

Tennis - Two Aussies have had a bitter feud this year

by Jovica Ilic
Nick Kyrgios mocks Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios are the most talented tennis players born in Australia after Lleyton Hewitt. Once good friends, Bernard and Nick have embraced a bitter feud unlikely to stop soon. Two compatriots are currently separated by over 600 positions, with Kyrgios playing in a Major final and Tomic starting all over at Futures.

Nick kicked off the current season from outside the top-100, changing his attitude and winning 35 out of 45 matches for a significant boost. Kyrgios is trying to control his temper and focus on the notable tournaments and rivals, eager to battle against them and deliver his A-game.

Nick reached the Wimbledon final after scoring five victories, playing against Novak Djokovic in the title clash and falling in four sets. Kyrgios dethroned Daniil Medvedev at the US Open and fell to Karen Khachanov in a thriller.

Nick will compete in Tokyo this week, finding time to mock Tomic and his run at Futures. Bernard has scored less than ten ATP wins since the start of 2019, losing ground completely and almost leaving tennis.

Bernard Tomic won back-to-back Futures titles.

Bernard lost in the Australian Open qualifying round at the start of 2022 and failed to make an impact at the Challengers.

Tomic went down to the Futures level in August for the first time in over 12 years, losing in the quarter-final in Cancun and returning a month later. Better prepared, Bernard scored five victories in straight sets to lift the title, his first since the Mallorca Challenger in 2018.

Three weeks later, Tomic won another title in Cancun to add 15 points to his tally, toppling all the rivals in straight sets for back-to-back trophies. The Aussie did not play against competitors from the top-700 during his stint, and we should see his form against some better-ranked opponents.

Kyrgios called Tomic's streak "impressive" and laughed. Bernard faced the 7th seed Alexander Cozbinov in the title clash and beat him 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 58 minutes. The Aussie fired ten aces and played better behind the first and second serve.

Tomic lost serve twice and delivered three return games from eight opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets. They traded breaks early in the opening set, and Tomic fell 5-3 behind. Cozbinov served for the set in game nine and lost serve to keep the Aussie in contention.

Bernard grabbed an early mini-break in the tie break and fired two aces for 3-0. Both players served well in the remaining points, and Tomic sealed the set on his serve at 6-5. Bernard broke at 3-2 in the second set and served well by the end to emerge at the top and lift the trophy.

Nick Kyrgios Bernard Tomic