Bernard Tomic baffles Nick Kyrgios with weird match-winning serve

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"I'm going to go out there and do all the things I usually do, serve big play big and do things on my terms", he said about the Australian Open.

With victories over three grand slam champions already this summer, including world No.1 Simona Halep on Wednesday, Barty says she fears no one and looms as Australia's best hope in more than a decade to break Australia's 41-year women's title drought.

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

"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.

While spectators fumed, both players declared themselves satisfied with their form, heading into next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Tomic, on match point, prepared to unleash a serve in the standard overhead manner, only to completely deceive his opponent by cheekily flicked the ball between his legs, simultaneously distracting Kyrgios by rapidly bouncing another ball.

"I'll get on site at Melbourne Park, fine-tune my game a little bit and make sure the body's right".

It was a fitting ending however for a rather boring contest, with Kyrgios struggling from the outset as Tomic lulled his rival into his game plan.

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

"I guess I just have to play better at the end of the day".

The formerly troubled Tomic, who failed to qualify a year ago for the Open when he was ranked 142nd and apparently fed up with tennis, now seems to have settled down. "I'm just doing what I need to do".

"I've been to the fourth round (of grand slams) so many times, two quarter-finals and I've had some tough matches in those rounds. I'm okay now (with tennis)".

"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.

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