Bernard Tomic has shown nerves of steel to fight back from one set down in 40 degree heat to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.
Tomic beat 120th ranked German Daniel Brands in a power packed contest highlighted by serving domination and set up a potential third round match with Roger Federer.
The Australian won 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (10-8), served 26 aces and faced just one break point for the match - which he saved.
But the German’s served incredibly too, firing down 23 aces and 73 winners. He lost just one point when his first serve went in during the first set and won every point of his six service games in the third set.
With Brands serving at an average of more than 200km/hr, Tomic had to be patient, composed and wait for an opportunity.
He finally broke Brands to lead 6-5 in the second set when the German’s serve faltered.
Brands served two double faults, including one to give Tomic a break point and the Australian capitalised.
Tomic chased down a drop shot and then reached Brands’ volley in time to whip it down the line.
That proved to be enough as Tomic held his serve in the next game to win the set 7-5.
Tomic again bided his time in the third set and when Brands cracked by serving a double fault on the first point of the tie break, the Aussie swooped.
He won three points on Brands’ serve for the tie break to claim the set 7-6 and move ahead in the match.
Tomic looked better the longer the game went as he forced Brands into more rallies and won more points on the German’s serve.
He had match point at 5-4, but Brands saved it with an ace.
Tomic had two more match points at 6-5, but Brands again stayed in the match with power.
Then Tomic had four match points in the tie break but Brands held on.
Suddenly, Tomic had to serve to stay in the set. He won that point, then produced an ace to get another match point which gave Tomic the victory.