Barty and de Minaur put Tomic to shame after 'pathetic' act

At the same time as Bernard Tomic was serving between his legs on match point against Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur was battling back from 1-4 in a tiebreaker to win.

And not long after, Ash Barty was dispatching the World No.1 in straight sets.

Tennis fans saw the irony on Wednesday that Barty and de Minaur claimed hard-fought victories straight after Tomic’s ‘pathetic’ act against Nick Kyrgios.

The tennis world erupted at about 2pm when Tomic capped off a lacklustre match against Kyrgios with the ridiculous tweener serve.

Barty, Tomic and de Minaur. Image: Getty

Serving for the match, Tomic caught Kyrgios off guard by hitting an underarm serve between his legs that bounced in his rival’s service square.

There was a stunned silence from Kyrgios before Tomic was declared the winner – much to the astonishment of the crowd.

And fans didn’t really see the funny side.

But the saving grace for Aussie tennis fans was Barty and de Minaur.

De Minaur chalked up another priceless tennis lesson in cutting down the equal-tallest man in professional tennis to move into the Sydney International quarter-finals for a second straight year.

De Minaur was relieved after converting his one and only opportunity into the lone service break of the match in a hard-earned 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory over towering American qualifier Reilly Opelka on Wednesday.

Opelka, who stands as high as tennis man mountain Ivo Karlovic at 211cm, thundered down 17 aces in 11 service games, but faltered from 4-1 in the second-set tiebreaker to prevail.

Not long after, Barty also surged into the Sydney quarter-finals with a 6-4 6-4 triumph over the reigning French Open champion and 2018 Australian Open runner-up Simona Halep.

The Australian No.1 served five aces, no double-faults and broke Halep three times to reverse two previous losses to the Romanian last August.

And to cap off the day, John Millman became the third Australian male through to the quarters after defeating Marton Fucsovics 6-3 6-4 on Wednesday night.

For the first time in five attempts in the harbour city, Millman joins countrymen De Minaur and Jordan Thompson, who meet for a spot in the semi-finals, in the final eight.

with AAP