Bernard Tomic’s tennis comeback may actually be on after the controversial Aussie won a second straight tennis ATP Futures tournament in Cancun.

But the 29-year-old may be getting ahead of himself, lashing out at “the haters” days after taking aim at Aussie rival Nick Kyrgios.

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In late August, Tomic was ranked 825 in the world but his two tournament wins have lifted him to 575 in the world according to the ATP live rankings. Officially after the rankings update on Monday, he moved to 659 in the world but should have a big rise next week.

While wins over players ranked in the 700s in the world are a start, it’s still a long way from the promised land for the former World No. 17 and Wimbledon quarterfinalist.

Tomic was pleased wit the win and posted after the win: “There are no secrets to success. It requires preparation, hard work and learning from your mistakes.”

But he followed this up with: “Thanks again for your support. F*** the haters, I’m gonna prove them wrong.”

The news of Tomic’s win didn’t escape Kyrgios after tennis writer Craig Gabriel posted: “Bernard Tomic won an ITF Futures event in Cancun, Mexico”.

It comes after Tomic and Kyrgios reignited their last week after the Canberran World No. 20 dismissed the Queenslander after asked about him in an Instagram Live video.

Kyrgios moved back up to World No. 20 including winning the Washington title, the final of Wimbledon and the quarterfinals of the US Open.

And he would be World No. 13 if the Wimbledon points counted this season.

Asked in an Instagram Live video earlier in the week whether an exhibition match against Tomic would happen, Kyrgios said: “TBH (to be honest), don’t think I wanna make him relevant anymore. I’m not gonna bother with someone 800 in the world. But all the best.”

But the comment left the door open for Tomic who replied: “Just a matter of time before I see you Nicky boy. #obsessed #scared”.

He also responded to a fan who asked how long it would be before he returns to the top 100, saying: “Momentum’s coming my way. Not long now. Done it before. Will do it again.”

It’s not the first bold claim from Tomic recently.

At the beginning of the season, Tomic claimed he could “win Wimbledon” and that he was a “top 10 player in the world on grass”.

That was after he was defeated in straight sets by then-World No. 146 Roman Safiullin 6-1 6-4 during Australian Open qualifying.

In May, fans goaded Kyrgios to spark a heated spat between the pair when they claimed Tomic was better than the Canberran.

“Better in what way? I’ve got a higher career high (ranking). More money, more wins and give back whenever I can,” he began.

“It’s time for BT to just quiet down. He ain’t even playing anymore. I got years left.”

Tomic replied, after posting screenshots of the quotes on his Instagram: “The only logical explanation is that I’m his idol. He’s always been in my shadow growing up.

“That’s why anytime someone mentions my name to him, it gets under his skin.

“He knows he can’t rewrite history. The records that I set when I was 16, 17, 18, and 19 — youngest slam quarter-finalist at Wimbledon (since Boris Becker), the biggest tournament in the world.

“He knows he can’t change that, he can’t rewrite that and he would love to shut me up if he could, he knows he can’t.

“He knows my style dominates his and he knows he will lose.”

Kyrgios then labelled Tomic the “most HATED athlete in Australia” and claimed to have paid for a flight home for the Queenslander when he ran out of money.

He also swiped Tomic again, saying his tennis ability and money had both evaporated.

Tomic then challenged Kyrgios to a million-dollar boxing bet or one-off tennis match as the barbs continued to fly.

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