(January 12, 2013) Australian Bernard Tomic won his first career ATP World Tour title at the Apia International Sydney Saturday night with a dramatic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 with over South African Kevin Anderson.
“It’s an amazing feeling. Now that I know what it feels like to win a tournament, it’s the best feeling in the world,” said Tomic.
“It’s an honor to have won my first tournament in front of you,” Tomic said, referring to receiving the Ken Rosewall trophy from the man himself in the arena named after him. “It’s been a long road, but finally I have one of these trophies.”
“It’s an amazing feeling. Now that I know what it feels like to win a tournament and it’s the best feeling in the world. I’m so happy I won. To do it here in Sydney is awesome. I can’t ask for anything better. I’m so proud of myself. Can’t stop here now. Now I’ve got to look to the next tournament and keep playing the tennis I’ve been playing.
“It’s my first title, and I know I’ll win a lot more if I keep this attitude up. I’m happy for this year now. I’m so excited. I’m looking forward to Melbourne. I feel unstoppable. I feel like I’m playing great tennis. It’s amazing stepping on court. You’re so confident. That’s going to be taken down to Melbourne and I’m going to use that for every match I play there.
“He’s not easy to play. I was lucky I got that double fault in the third set, because anything could have happened after that. I did play well off the ground. I served pretty good, but he was serving outstanding. Third set was epic. I think under pressure I played really good tennis.”
Defending doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan kept their title Saturday with a decisive 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow doubles experts Horia Tecau and Max Mirnyi.
The victory for Tomic is his eighth straight, creating a great lead-in to his home major, the Australian Open. Since the beginning of the new season, the Australian has had a good string of wins over player ranked higher than he is – Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas and Andreas Seppi at Hopman Cup in Perth and in Sydney wins over fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic , Florian Mayer, Andreas Seppi and Anderson.
Tomic takes to the court next at the Australian Open in Melbourne as the No. 1 Australian on Tuesday versus Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer and could face Roger Federer if he reaches the third round.