BLOODY BEAUTY: Australia's Nick Kyrgios suffered a bleeding nose in his Davis Cup win over Slovakia's Andrej Martin
BLOODY BEAUTY: Australia's Nick Kyrgios suffered a bleeding nose in his Davis Cup win over Slovakia's Andrej Martin DAVID MOIR

Aussie bad boys draw first blood in Davis Cup clash

Australia will head into day two of its Davis Cup clash with Slovakia in a commanding position after its two bad boys came good for their country in Sydney.

Nick Kyrgios beat world No.127-ranked Andrej Martin 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the opening singles rubber before Bernard Tomic outclassed world No.123 Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4.

The two straight-set wins mean Sam Groth and John Peers can seal the best-of-five-match World Group playoff tie in today's doubles against Martin and Igor Zelenay.

Kyrgios had more trouble with a nose bleed than Martin in the first match of Australia's bid to retain its place in the 16-team World Group for 2017.

The world No.15 spent much of the final set with a tissue up his left nostril.

"Like, I've got a blocked nose, mate,” he said. "I've got to fix it. I can't play with blood coming out of my nose.

"I mean, I want to play. I don't want to take breaks. It breaks the momentum.”

Kyrgios won the opening set in just 25 minutes despite dropping serve to love in the seventh game.

"It was a great feeling,” he said after securing his first point for Australia in two years.

"I know how important it was to get our team off to a good start. 'Rusty' (Lleyton Hewitt) was trying to keep me engaged the whole time and I thought my performance today was very good mentally.

"I thought I was very professional and I played well.”

After a tight opening set, Tomic coasted to relatively routine victory over Kovalik to improve his tidy Cup record to 17-4.


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