Tomic has been in good form so far this year. Picture: Michael Klein/dailytelegraph.com.au
Nineteen year old Australian Bernard Tomic faces a tough first round match at the Australian Open after drawing former Melbourne Park semi-finalist and 22nd seed Fernando Verdasco in his opening match of the tournament. The youngster has started 2012 in great form, advancing to the semi-finals of the ATP event in Brisbane and beating world number fourteen Gael Monfils and world number seven Tomas Berdych at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.
Veteran Lleyton Hewitt fared better at the draw and will face German Cedric-Marcel Stebe in his opening match, while sixth seeded Australian Sam Stosur takes on Sorana Cirstea from Romania.
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