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First-Time Winner Spotlight Bernard Tomic

Sydney, Australia

Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic won his first ATP World Tour title on home soil in Sydney.

Bernard Tomic edged Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3 on Saturday to win his first ATP World Tour title at the Apia International Sydney. The 20 year old became the ninth different Australian to win the Sydney title in the Open Era. 

ATPWorldTour.com caught up with the new champion following his victory.

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How did it feel after the match holding the trophy?
It’s an amazing feeling and now I know what it feels like, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world, holding a trophy and winning a title. Hopefully I can win many more.

Any congratulatory texts on the phone?
Yeah, about 35 after like two minutes.

What do you feel like you did especially well to win five straight ATP World Tour matches?

I think I played every match the best that I could. I focussed a lot out there. There were some tough matches, but I managed to hang in there. I served really well throughout the tournament and gave myself the best chance of winning, tonight especially.

You’re the youngest champion since Roger Federer in 2002 and the first Australian to win since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005. How does it feel to be part of that group?
It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of those names. I’m glad I won tonight. It was a huge match and it meant a lot to me. I can’t be more happy for myself to be part of those names.

Is there a player that you really looked up to growing up?
That would be Roger [Federer] for sure. He’s an inspiration, not just to me, but to a lot of people out there.

There’s a wave of up-and-coming players: Ryan Harrison, yourself, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Grigor Dimitrov. Do you feel like it’s the start of a new generation on the ATP World Tour?
I think it is. There’s quite a few good players now. [Milos] Raonic, Dolgopolov and Ryan [Harrison], we’re all playing well and Dimitrov played well in Brisbane. There’s a young group of players that are really starting to get good results and get up in the [Emirates ATP] Rankings. I’m sure sooner or later we’ll be up there playing well around the world.

What do you feel best about your game right now? Which shot gives you most confidence on the court?
It would have to be my serve I think. I served really well this tournament and last week.

What have you done physically to improve?
I've done a lot of work, and the work I was doing, I was focusing. It wasn't so much the work before I was doing, but I wasn't really focusing. This time I focused in everything I did. I focused regardless if it was tennis or gym or what I was doing. I was focusing on everything and giving myself the best chance to improve, and I felt better each day when I was training.
 
How are you going to celebrate?
9:00 a.m. flight. (Laughter.) It's difficult, because I got to get to Melbourne as soon as I can. I would love to have fun, go to dinner, but I've obviously got the next thing on my mind, which is the Australian Open. I've got to be best prepared for play on Tuesday.

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