Bernard Tomic
30TH Dec 2012

Bernie beats Haas in Hopman Cup thriller

Bernard Tomic produced two spirited fightbacks to beat Germany’s Tommy Haas 7-6(6) 3-6 7-5 in Saturday night’s Hopman Cup tie at Perth Arena.

The win bolstered Australia as the host nation went on to win 3-0 over the Germans, after a knee injury to Andrea Petkovic saw her pull out of her women’s singles match against Ashleigh Barty in the second set, and promptly withdraw from the mixed doubles rubber.

World No.21 Haas held a 6-1 lead in the first-set tiebreak, but the 34-year-old’s fluency deserted him when it mattered most as the Australian reeled off the next seven points to take the vital advantage.

Haas looked to have the rubber in the bag after taking the second set and edging out to a 5-3 lead in the third set.

But Tomic refused to throw in the towel, breaking back to even the scores before putting the heat on Haas as the German attempted to send the match into a deciding tiebreak.

Tomic blew his first two match points by sending his forehand long, but he didn’t have to break a sweat on the third attempt, with a Haas double fault handing Tomic the win in 135 minutes.

“It was a very tough first set. It was my first set in a few months,” Tomic said.

“I don’t know how I got out of that tiebreak.

“I’ve been training really hard and extremely well. I’ve been training well so hopefully it will be good preparation for the Australian Open.”

Tomic, who reached a career-high ranking of No.27 in June, has since slid to 52nd after a poor end to the year in which he made first-round exits at his final three tournaments.

But after embarking on a seven-week training campaign, Tomic insisted he was fresh, hungry, and ready to make amends for his list of on and off-court controversies in 2012.

The early results appear good, with Tomic’s willingness to dig in and fight his way out of the first-set tiebreak particularly heartening.

And then when Tomic appeared gone in the third set, he again displayed Hewitt-esque fighting spirit to turn the match his way.

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