Bernard Tomic of Australia hits a return against Andreas Seppi of Italy during his victory on Day 4 of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth; TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images
31ST Dec 2013

Bernard fights back to beat Seppi

Bernard Tomic shook off a heavy training load to keep Australia’s Hopman Cup title hopes alive.

Tomic beat Italy’s Andreas Seppi 4-6 6-3 6-2 to level the tie at 1-1 after Sam Stosur slumped to a 6-4 6-4 loss to Flavia Pennetta.

Australia, who lost to Canada 2-1 in their opening tie, need to beat Italy if they are to have any hope of reaching the final of the mixed teams event.

Tomic said he was tired after training for five hours on Monday and another two hours before his match against Seppi.

The world No.51 looked proppy in the second set, but rediscovered his mojo to seal the match in 102 minutes.

“I started slow but it was very good tennis,” Tomic said.

“Yesterday I trained a lot so I was very tired.

“We have to win the mixed doubles now. It’s very important to us.”

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Benoit Paire DEFEATED Bernard Tomic 2-1 (RET) see previous results