Australian Open 2012: Why Bernard Tomic Upsetting Fernando Verdasco Was No Fluke

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Australian Open 2012: Why Bernard Tomic Upsetting Fernando Verdasco Was No Fluke
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You can say all that you want about upsets, but when the young Australian phenom Bernard Tomic battled his way back from two sets to love en route to winning an incredible five-setter against No. 22-ranked Fernando Verdasco, it was more than just an astonishing victory over a top 25 player. Considered an upset based on ranking, it really wasn't that much of a surprise to see Tomic, who just last year reached the Wimbledon Quarterfinals, beat the higher-seeded Verdasco. Since Wimbledon last year, the 19-year-old Aussie who turned pro only four years ago really made his mark on the world of Grand Slam tennis. He continued to rise in the ranks and is now considered one of the best young players to watch in the future.

Tomic's play is uplifting for an Australian nation that used to boast the world number one in Lleyton Hewitt. While Hewitt's glory days are long behind him, the baton has now been passed to Tomic to carry the hopes and dreams of one continent on his back. Luckily for Australia, with the way Tomic has been playing and the potential to only get better, it might not be long at all until they can boast another Grand Slam Champion.

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