In Day One action at the 2012 Australian Open, 19-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic came back from two sets down to knock out the number 22 seed, Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. Tomic advances to face American Sam Querrey in second round action after Querrey's 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over France's Kenny De Schepper.
"It was probably one of the best matches for me that I played," said Tomic, who made his major breakthrough by reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals as a qualifier last year (lost to Djokovic). "I haven't played a lot of these five setters. So being not that fit, it's tough to put your mind to come through that, and I don't know how I did it today. One of those days. I'm so happy with myself."
Currently ranked 38th in the world, this is the fourth year Tomic has participated in the main draw of the Australian Open main draw and extended his streak of first round wins with the victory over Verdasco. Tomic began the season by reaching his first ATP World Tour semifinals at the Brisbane International last week where he lost to Great Britain's Andy Murray.