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Tomic Beats Anderson To Win First Title

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Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic became the ninth different Australian winner in Sydney.

Bernard Tomic delighted the home support at the Apia International Sydney on Saturday night as he captured his maiden ATP World Tour title with a 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3 victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Tomic. "Now that I know what it feels like to win a tournament and it's the best feeling in the world. I'm so happy I won. To do it here in Sydney is awesome. I can't ask for anything better. I'm so proud of myself. Can't stop here now. I've got to look to the next tournament and keep playing the tennis I've been playing.

“It's my first title, and I know I'll win a lot more if I keep this attitude up,” continued Tomic. “I'm happy for this year now. I'm so excited. I'm looking forward to Melbourne. I feel unstoppable. I feel like I'm playing great tennis. It's amazing stepping on court. You're so confident. That's going to be taken down to Melbourne and I'm going to use that for every match I play there.”

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Tomic is set to return to the Top 50 at around World No. 43 in the Emirates ATP Rankings with the title, which earned him 250 ranking points and $78,800 in prize money. The 20 year old reached a career-high of World No. 27 in June last year.

Gold Coast native Tomic is the ninth different Australian to win the Sydney title in the Open Era, the first to do so since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 (d. Minar). He has a 20-10 tour-level record on home soil, highlighted also by a run to the Australian Open fourth round last year, when he fell to Roger Federer.

Tomic’s victory in his first final bucked the trend of 2012, which saw players trying for their first ATP World Tour trophy go 1-15 in finals, with Martin Klizan at the St. Petersburg Open the only exception.

The 26-year-old Anderson had saved two match points in the semi-finals against Julien Benneteau and hung tough to stay competitive with Tomic in the final, saving nine of 11 break points. Tomic got the key break in the eighth game of the third set, courtesy of a costly double fault from Anderson, before serving out in just under two hours.

“He's not easy to play. I was lucky I got that double fault in the third set, because anything could have happened after that,” said Tomic. “I did play well off the ground. I served pretty good, but he was serving outstanding. Third set was epic. I think under pressure I played really good tennis."

World No. 36 Anderson was chasing his third ATP World Tour title and dropped to a 2-2 finals record; his victories came in Johannesburg (d. Devvarman) in 2011 and Delray Beach (d. Matosevic) in 2012.

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