Bernard Tomic shocked everyone with his win over Novak Djokovic. Picture: Getty Images/theaustralian.com.au
Following his shock win over Novak Djokovic last night, Bernard Tomic will be looking to continue his fine start to the Australian summer of tennis by defeating Andreas Seppi in the opening match of his country’s Hopman Cup tie against Italy. The brash 20 year-old started 2013 with a bang, disposing of the top ranked player in the world in straight sets after taking the opening stanza 6-4. That result came on the back of a hard fought three set success over German Tommy Haas earlier in the tournament.
Seppi has fared considerably worse in Perth so far. After losing to Djokovic in straight sets, the world number 23 lost to Haas 7-6 7-6. Taking a line through their respective results at the tournament so far, winning this match would appear to be a formality for Tomic but last night’s win against the best player in the world would have been a huge high for the young man and following it up with another strong performance 24 hours later won’t be easy. This pair have met only once in a competitive match before, when a 17 year-old Tomic beat the Italian in three sets at the Queens Club on grass in 2010.
Sixteen year-old Queenslander Ashleigh Barty faces Francesca Schiavone - who is twice her age –in the following match, before the evenings proceedings are concluded with the mixed doubles match.
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