Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tomic beats Berdych at Kooyong

Updated January 11, 2012 16:56:59

Bernard Tomic boosted his pre-Australian Open campaign with a victory over world number seven Tomas Berdych at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

The 19-year-old rebounded from losing the first set to beat the Czech star 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Tomic, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist last year, had to overcome swirling wind conditions but managed to control the match once he found some rhythm, shutting out his experienced opponent.

Earlier, in a rain-delayed opening day to the tournament, Austrian Jurgen Melzer beat a jet-lagged Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

Melzer, who has struggled through the year with back problems, described the match as "ugly" in the uncomfortable conditions, but was able to chalk up a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Tsonga, a finalist at the Australian Open in 2008, came to Australia after winning the opening tournament of the year in Doha, beating his French compatriot Gael Monfils in the final.


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