Australian Bernard Tomic continued his winning run at the Hopman Cup with a 6-3 7-5 triumph tonight over world No.23 Andreas Seppi at Perth Arena.
Tomic, who stunned world No.1 Novak Djokovic last night after accounting for German Tommy Haas earlier in the tournament, had too many weapons for Seppi, with the 71-minute win giving Australia a 1-0 lead in the tie.
Queensland teenager Ashleigh Barty can secure the win for Australia if she can upset 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the women’s singles rubber.
“I think I played really well against Novak yesterday and today was really good as well,” Tomic said.
“It’s amazing preparation before the Australian Open and I’m really glad I came.
“The last few months were very hard. I was focusing a lot on my fitness and my serve. You need to serve well when you play against these top players.”
Tomic had to save three break points on his first service game.
But from there, the 20-year-old took control of the match, breaking Seppi in the fourth game on the way to first-set honours.
Seppi and Tomic went toe-to-toe for much of the second set.
But a double fault from Seppi on break point in the 11th game ended the Italian’s resistance, with Tomic easily serving out the match.