If Saturday night’s upset win over Tommy Haas is any indication, Bernard Tomic is well and truly over his 2012 fadeout.
The young Australian upset world No.21 Tommy Haas 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 7-5 to help Australia take a 3-0 win against Germany in Perth.
Tomic’s 2012 has been one to forget; he underperformed on the court and suffered acusations regarding his character and will to win, but the win suggested a career turnaround isn’t far off. He twice overcame large deficits against Haas and played some great overall tennis. Down 1-6 in the first set, Tomic reeled off seven straight points in the tie breaker before breaking the German for the first time all night to level the third set at 5-5.
Tomic also appears to have had a change of mentality.
"It's about believing and believing in yourself and playing as best as you can and I think I did that really well tonight. I trained and trained and worked on the areas I need to work on and things are getting better for me in that sense,'' he said.
16-year-old Ashleigh Barty sealed the Australian victory after Andrea Petkovic was forced to retire with a knee injury.
The 25-year-old German was unable to go again after calling an injury timeout shortly after winning the first set 6-4 and was visibly distressed about her injury- Petkovic has been unable to remain healthy since showing ability that would have her among tennis’ elite and 2012 saw her slip down to world No.143 after another bad injury run.
Barty, a replacement for the injured Casey Dellacqua, was awarded a 6-0 6-0 win.
Tomic and Australia advance to face a mission impossible type scenario- Novak Djokovic and Serbia. Barty’s task will be even harder in facing world No.1 women’s talent Ana Ivanovic in the singles.
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