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Jan
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Bernard Tomic claimed his first title with a 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory over Mardy Fish in the final of the Kooyong Classic.

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The Australian teenager, who reached the semi-finals in the Brisbane International last week before going down to eventual champion Andy Murray, claimed the first set comfortably after racing out to a 4-0 lead. Although Fish rallied to level, the 19-year-old held his nerve in the decider, breaking in the last game; he sealed victory on the first of two match points. “I’ve never lifted a trophy before at this level,” said Tomicm after his triumph at what is technically an exhibition event. “I’m proud to have my name on a trophy like this. “It’s a good feeling and one that I’ll always treasure. Hopefully this will help me do well at the Australian Open.” Tomic’s success makes him the youngest player to ever win the event. It is also the perfect preparation for the start of the Australian Open, where he will meet experienced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first round. “I want to do as well as I can at the Open. There’s a lot of pressure. but maybe once – perhaps not this year – I can win that title,” he added.

Fish had won the first two meetings of the pair but was also beaten by Tomic last autumn in Shanghai. “I enjoyed this week, Bernard is playing great tennis,” said the American, ranked number eight in the world. “This is the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.”

Meanwhile, Austria’s Jurgen Melzer claimed third place in the tournament with a 6-3 6-7 (10/12) 6-2 win over Frenchman Gael Monfils.

 

 

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