Tomic recovers to beat Verdasco at Australian Open | Inquirer Sports

Tomic recovers to beat Verdasco at Australian Open

/ 03:13 PM January 16, 2012

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian teenager Bernard Tomic came from two sets down to knock out Fernando Verdasco of Spain 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.

The 19-year-old local favorite came close to going out in the first round for the first time in his four appearances in Melbourne, but he rallied to beat the 22nd-seeded Verdasco after 4 hours and 11 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

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Tomic, who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year for his best Grand Slam result, will face Sam Querrey of the United States in the second round.

Verdasco, a semifinalist in 2009, failed to get past the first round in Melbourne for the first time since 2004.

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