Bernard Tomic is off to a winning start as the young Australian kicked off his 2012 ATP season with a victory in the first round of ATP Brisbane. Tomic eliminated tough veteran Julien Benneteau of France in what was a challenging three-set match.
The match ended when Tomic converted a match point up 6-5 in the third set making the final line score 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Benneteau had the aces firing on Monday as the Frenchman served up fourteen. However, his serving effectiveness was reduced as he also coughed up a dozen double faults. Tomic had seven aces in the match with just two double faults.
The Aussie now awaits the winner between Japan's Tatsuma Ito and fellow Australian Benjamin Mitchell.
A second-round match against Mitchell would draw a lot of attention in Brisbane and Australia as it would feature two nineteen-year-old Australians battling for a spot in the third round of ATP Brisbane.
Tomic, regardless of who he faces in the second round, looks great to reach the third round and cracking the top 40 on tour looks as though it is on the very near horizon.
There could be a semifinal in Brisbane brewing between Tomic and Andy Murray although the Scot has yet to open his campaign in the South Pacific. Murray is on the Order of Play for Tuesday, January 3rd, as he will face Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in a late match.
ATP Brisbane is one of the tour events that leads up to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the calendar year which will see its draw released on January 13th.