Tennis young gun Tomic takes a winning turn in 2013

AFTER the wheels fell off in 2012, the Bernard Tomic bandwagon is back and rolling.

The 20-year-old opted to take a break from tournament play in October after three successive first round exits.

All up he was beaten 10 times in round one matches last year.

But after working hard on his mental and physical preparation during his break, Tomic has opened 2013 with eight consecutive wins.

He won his three Hopman Cup singles matches in Perth, including a straight sets victory over world No.1 Novak Djokovic, and claimed his first ATP Tour title in Sydney on Saturday.

Tomic opens his Aussie Open campaign against Argentinian world No.72 Leonardo Mayer today, his goal of breaking into the top 10 in the world this year questioned by his potential round three opponent, Roger Federer.

"I think we should go step by step, see how it goes," the Swiss maestro said.

"Let's speak in a year's time. Everybody wants to jump from what's his ranking 60 to 10 in a year. It's hard to do. Ten is a big ask. Don't forget how tough the top 10 players are right now."

When told of Federer's words of caution about getting too far ahead of himself, Tomic returned serve to the 17-time Grand Slam winner.

"The first round is my goal, to beat this guy. I do struggle against some guys out there. I don't know how this guy can play. If the possibility comes for me to win that first match, I'll look for my next round, which is also tough," the Aussie said.

"I would love to get in that position to play Roger in the third round. He has to get there as well. You don't know what can happen. Tennis is a funny sport. So we'll see."

Tomic has never been short of confidence, but apart from reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2011, he hasn't been able to back it up on court.

That has alienated him from some fans, and also Tennis Australia officialdom.

His results this year, and repeated comments about how he loves playing in Australia, shows he may well have turned over a new leaf.

A win against Mayer is a must, and a third round match-up against Federer would be a promoter's dream.
"It's such a great privilege playing in Australia - the fans support you," Tomic said.

"This is where I play my best tennis. I'm going to use it here, and hopefully the crowd can get behind me a lot and support me throughout my matches. That's when I'll play better and better."

Topics:  australian open bernard tomic roger federer sydney international tennis

Far North Coast lifesavers in sprints

SPEED QUEENS: Cabarita SLSC's Charisma Cooper, 14 and Claudia Crawford, 15, and set for strong performances in Round One of the Fastest Man On Sand tomorrow.

"We've made our presence felt'

Election corflute thief caught red-handed

CCTV image of a man believed to have removed Jayne Henry's sign at Cabarita.

Police called after political signs stolen

'No more scaremongering' in Kingscliff election race

Dot Holdom with her posters at home.

Candidate accuses rival of scaremongering over high-rise buildings

Local Partners

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

MacBook fires up: New "touchbar" will include emojis

COULD emojis help the MacBook again deliver a laptop revolution?

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!