Bernie battles through in three
Defending champion Bernard Tomic has been pushed to the limit in his second round match against Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic at Apia International Sydney.
Having enjoyed a quickfire win over eighth-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers in his opening encounter, Tomic had a bigger fight on his hands on Wednesday with Kavcic pushing him to three sets before the Australian prevailed 6-3 4-6 6-4.
Tomic came bursting out of the blocks to race to a 4-1 lead before wrapping up the first set.
But the Australian seemed to lose his momentum after a brief rain delay was called in the second set.
And up 5-4 when they returned Kavcic took advantage, breaking Tomic’s serve right away to level at a set each.
“I knew his scores were solid and it was going to be a tough match. Would have loved to finish it off in two sets,” Tomic said.
Ahead 5-4 in the final set, Tomic closed out the match on his second match-point with an overhead smash.
The world No.52 Australian will now take on either Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.
“I’m happy I won in the end. A win is a win, and I’ve got to look to tomorrow,” he said.
I feel like slowly I’m getting better. I played well in Hopman Cup and was managing to find my timing, and now here playing two solid matches I’m getting a bit of rhythm
“Right now it’s important for me to do better here … Hopefully I can win (against Dolgopolov). It’s going to be tough.”