Tomic wins Maccabi Challenger
Talented Queensland teenager Bernard Tomic has broken through for his first Challenger title.
The 16-year-old took two hours twenty minutes to defeat sixth seed Marinko Matosevic in three sets in the final of the Maccabi Men’s Challenger in the Melbourne suburb of East Bentleigh today.
Tomic, ranked 536 in the world was given a wildcard into only his third Challenger event and the win is expected to lift his ranking into the 400s.
There were five breaks of serve in the first set, before the 23-year-old Matosevic, ranked 286, finally gained the ascendency 7-5.
Tomic, who was making 70 percent of his first serves, secured the only service break of the second set to take it 6-4 and broke his Victorian opponent twice in the third to win the decider 6-3.
The teenager notched some impressive scalps on his way to the title, beating fifth seed Joe Sirianni, fellow teenager Matt Reid, Japan’s Junn Mitsuhashi and fellow Australian Open Boys titleholder Brydan Klein.
The victory was the perfect climax to a strong domestic campaign for Tomic in which he won a round at the Australian Open and made the quarter finals of the Burnie Challenger.