Bernard Tomic sends kind message to Nick Kyrgios

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Bernard Tomic sends kind message to Nick Kyrgios

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios received a kind message from fellow compatriot Bernard Tomic after his strong start to the Australian Open. No. 17 seed Kyrgios dominated Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1 6-2 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with Serbia's Viktor Troicki.

World No. 143 Tomic -- who wasn't handed an Australian Open wildcard -- fell just short of qualifying for the event as he lost in the qualifying final round to Italian Lorenzo Sonego. The 25-year-old came under fire after the loss as he said he "only counts his money, millions." Tomic was once the highest ranked Australian player -- but has struggled in the last year to find the motivation to work hard and chase notable results.

The locals hope that Brisbane International champion Kyrgios can continue his great form and conquer Melbourne Park. "He (Tomic) sent me a message, he just said good luck and I'll see you soon," Kyrgios revealed.

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