The wait was worth it as he posted a gritty 6-3, 4-6, 15-13 win over Kevin Anderson, recovering from 2-7 down in the new final-set tiebreaker that will be used at the Australian Open for the first time next week.
However, the manner of the victory left viewers completely gobsmacked.
The collegial battle between the two showmen, who have both struggled with motivational difficulties, was a crowd pleaser and they were happy afterwards to talk up their chances at the opening Grand Slam of the year next week.
The Australian Open 2019 draw was held early Thursday morning, and it revealed a tough first-round matchup for Milos Raonic and a potential second-round blockbuster for Eugenie Bouchard.
"It's looking good for Australia, we have a lot of players, all playing with different style, but looking strong".
"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios said following the match. "Conditions here suit my game, I know I can definitely play well".
"I've been doing all the right things for next week, ticked all the boxes, got the body right".
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"I guess I just have to raise my game a little bit", the Canberran said.
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.
That bad attitude lasted through his aborted three-day run in the South African jungle in an Aussie celebrity survival series a month later.
"He won a title past year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum, which is good to see".
"I just count money, that's all I do. My attitude to tennis is the same whether I won or lose", he said.
He said: "I've made third or fourth round many times and lost to the great players of the world so my target is to make another quarter or maybe a semi if I can".
"I want to be as healthy and fresh as possible heading into next week". I didn't play a lot of tennis past year ― which was my own fault.