Bernie on fire in Burnie
Queenslander Bernard Tomic has come back from a set down to defeat No.1 seed Grega Zemlja of Slovenia in three sets, 6-7 6-3 6-3 at the Burnie Challenger.
In the second round, Tomic also gave his opponent – No.6 seed Nick Lindahl – a head start before coming back to win 4-6 7-6(3) 6-4.
Tomic exacted his revenge on Lindahl after he outlasted Tomic in a thriller at their most recent meeting – the Australian Open Play-off in December. There, Lindahl edged Tomic in a five-set marathon, in which the 17-year-old Tomic had a handful of match points.
Tomic was forced to make his way through qualifying for the $50,000 event. It’s a far cry from the $31,500 Tomic received after bowing out to No.14 seed Marin Cilic in the second round of the Australian Open.
The win means Tomic will face journeyman Joe Sirianni in the semifinals. Sirianni is yet to face a seeded player and enjoyed a straight sets, 7-6(1) 6-3 win over Canada’s Pierre-Ludovic Duclos to take his place in the penultimate round.
In other matches, No.7 seed Greg Jones confirmed his place in the semis with a 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(4) win over Queensland’s John Millman. Jones will play unseeded Japanese player Yuichi Sugita who knocked out Australian wildcard Dayne Kelly 6-1 4-6 6-4 for a spot in the final.