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Tomic Beats Defending Champion; First Australian In SFs Since 2008

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Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic is the first Australian through to the Sydney semi-finals in five years.

Bernard Tomic battled hard to beat defending champion Jarkko Nieminen 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes on Thursday at the Apia International Sydney.

Nieminen, who beat Julien Benneteau is last year’s final, fought back from a 2-5 first set tie-break deficit to win it 8-6. The 20-year-old Tomic, the youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, lost just five of his service points in the deciding set.

“I'm really happy with today's performance and how I played,” said Tomic. “But I'm ready to go for tomorrow's semi-final. I'm really confident now, and I got a shot to get into the final for the first time in my career.”

Tomic becomes the first Australian to reach the Sydney semi-finals since 2008, when Chris Guccione finished runner-up to Dmitry Tursunov.

Tomic now plays third-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi.

In the final match of the day, Seppi overcame eight seed Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 7-5 in 87 minutes.

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