Australian youngster Bernard Tomic clinched his first ATP Tour title with a fighting win over South African Kevin Anderson in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday.
Tomic claimed his eighth straight win of the year in defeating the 36th-ranked Anderson 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3 in one hour and 55 minutes.
Tomic is the first Australian winner of the Sydney tournament since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 and the first 20-year-old event winner since Roger Federer in 2002.
Top-seed David Ferrer warmed up for the Australian Open with a fourth ATP Heineken Open title when he recovered from two early service breaks to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(5), 6-1 on Saturday.
It was a confidence-boosting finish for Ferrer ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne as he fought back to win in straight sets after Kohlschreiber held set point at 4-5 on serve in the first set.
Despite dropping his second and fifth service games, it took Ferrer just 78 minutes to defeat Kohlschreiber with most of the time spent on the first set which lasted 52 minutes before the Spaniard won the tie-break 7-5.
Hewitt claims title
Lleyton Hewitt showed vintage form as he humbled Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday to win the ATP Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, giving him a major boost ahead of his first match at the Australian Open.
The results (finals):
At Sydney: ATP International: Bernard Tomic bt Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.
At Auckland: ATP Heineken Open: David Ferrer bt Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(5), 6-1.
At Melbourne: ATP Kooyong Classic: Lleyton Hewitt bt Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4. Playoff for 3rd place: Tomas Berdych bt Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2.
At Hobart: WTA International: Elena Vesnina bt Mona Barthel 6-3, 6-4. — Agencies