Tomic triumphant on home soil
By Tennis Australia
Local Bernard Tomic has staged a remarkable recovery to run away with the Australian Open 2008 boys’ singles title on Day 13 at Melbourne Park.
The 15-year-old No.5 seed looked down and out when dropped the first set and trailed by a break in the second against No.10 seed Tsung-Hua Yang of Chinese Taipei, but rallied brilliantly to carve out a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-0 triumph.
Tomic’s Australia Day victory on Rod Laver Arena made it two local wins in as many years following Brydan Klein’s 2007 win in the junior final, although Jessica Moore was unable to make it an Australian double when she lost the girls’ singles final earlier in the day.
Tomic started better and should have led 2-0 in the first set but squandered three break points, before dropping his own serve in the very next game and looking set to do likewise in the fifth game when he was down 0-40.
But while he battled back to hold serve, Yang continued to look comfortable until he served for the set in the 10th game, needing four set points before he grabbed the one-set lead.
The first four games of the second set went with serve before Tomic was again broken in the fifth, but a double fault from Yang in the eighth game handed the advantage back and the set went to a tie-breaker.
Tomic raced to a 4-1 lead that tightened to 4-3, but after strolling to a 6-3 advantage it wasn’t until his third set point that he closed it out to force the match to the deciding third set.
From there it was all one-way traffic as Tomic broke Yang to 15 in the first game with a backhand down the line and then followed up with a forehand winner to break again in the third game.
Having raced 4-0 clear after just 15 minutes of the final set, Tomic broke yet again in the fifth game and claimed the match when a backhand from Yang cleared the baseline on Tomic’s second match point.