Following months of trials and tribulations on the professional tour, including double hip surgery, it appears that Australia’s Bernard Tomic is finally finding his stride once again.
The former Australian No. 1 rekindled his inner confidence to topple defending champion Ivo Karlovic to win the Claro Open Colombia title on Sunday afternoon. Tomic needed over two hours and three sets to win the contest 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(4). It was the first time he had managed to string together consecutive wins on the tour this season.
The world NO. 124 has now won his second title on the ATP World Tour, lifting the Apia Sydney International title at the start of 2013. According to ATPWorldTour.com, Tomic is now also the third player outside of the Top 100 to win a title this season, joining both Martin Klizan and Pablo Cuevas. He is also the first Australian champion in South America since 1968, when Ken Rosewall won the Buenos Aires title.
“He’s a very difficult player,” said Tomic about Karlovic. “He won here last year. For me it was a difficult match. I kept trying and believing in myself. Against him, if you stop believing and trying he will beat you.
“It’s my first tournament on hard courts since my surgeries in Australia. This title is huge and it’s one I will always remember.”
Tomic, who will return to the Top 100 with his title victory, received $120,270 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts.