Bernard Tomic
07TH Apr 2013

Bernard seals victory for Australia

Bernard Tomic has enjoyed a triumphant return to Australia’s Davis Cup team, clinching victory over Uzbekistan to earn Australia another shot at returning to the competition’s top tier.

Tomic defeated Uzbek No.1 Denis Istomin in the opening reverse singles match 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-3 to give Australia a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five Asia/Oceania Group I second round tie.

It capped a strong team effort and a happy to return to the team for Tomic, who also beat Farrukh Dustov on Friday to get Australia off to a strong start.

After missing Australia’s first round tie against Chinese Taipei, he was recalled and showed plenty of commitment to Australia’s cause under tough conditions in Uzbekistan.

“It’s a huge thing for me to get back in the team,” Tomic told AAP.

“I told Pat thanks very much for picking me again and I think did really well this time. To win today and on Friday is huge and I’m happy I played the way I did.

“We worked hard the week before with the boys as a team and I think that’s what got the best out of me here.”

Tomic was able to take advantage of a tiring Istomin, who was playing for the third straight day and spent four hours on court in Saturday’s gruelling five-set doubles loss to Lleyton Hewitt and Matt Edben.

The tough Uzbek claimed a tight first set but from there it was all Tomic as he stamped his authority on the choppy Pahlavon Sport Complex court.

Rafter described it as some of Tomic’s best tennis and urged him to continue heading in the right direction with his attitude and commitment.

“He’s still got a way to go and he knows it too but he’s made inroads and that’s the important thing,” Rafter told AAP.

“He tried hard and we’ve got to make sure he keeps on improving.”

Rafter admitted Australia’s tactics worked perfectly, with the decision to leave regular spearhead Hewitt out of Friday’s opening singles paying off.

The fresh pairing of Hewitt and Ebden combined for a crucial doubles win over Dustov and Istomin, who also expended plenty of energy in a tough four-set win over Marinko Matosevic on Friday.

Australia should learn this week who they will face in the World Group play-offs on 13-15 September, where a win would return them to the elite 16-nation World Group for the first time since 2007.

Rafter said the draw would be crucial, with possible opponents including powerhouse Spain.

But, after five failed attempts to win a World Group play-off tie in the past six years, he insisted motivation was not an issue for the 28-time champions.

“No-one wants to be here (in this group),” he said.

“We want to get out.”

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