Tomic warms up with a title
Bernard Tomic warmed up for his 'home' Grand Slam by claiming his maiden title on the ATP Tour in the Sydney International.
His victory went some way to winning back the fans following a recent row with Australia Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter as he became the first Australia winner in Sydney since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005.
Tomic was pushed all the way by Kevin Anderson but eventually managed to seal the victory in a shade under two hours, winning 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-3.
"It's an amazing feeling... it's been a long road and finally I've got one of these trophies," Tomic said after his win.
"It took a while but thanks for having me by your side. Hopefully this is not the last tournament I can win."
Tomic, who recently surprised world number one Novak Djokovic in the Hopman Cup in Perth, now heads to the Australian Open in good heart, although he could meet four-time champion Roger Federer in the third round.