'Tomic the tank engine' back on track

Tomic's image suffered last year after a terrible streak of losses and brushes with the law. Confessions he gave less than full effort in matches at New York and Shanghai earned him the nickname, "Tomic the tank engine".

updated: January 20, 2013 12:53 IST
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Melbourne: Rising star Bernard Tomic won back a sceptical public but Roger Federer urged him to drop the trash-talk after the Swiss master schooled his brash young apprentice at the Australian Open.

"Three Cheers For Our Bernie," headlined the Sunday Herald Sun, along with "Not bad, son" after Tomic, 20, tested Federer, 31, but ultimately went down in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 in the third round.

Tomic has been a controversial character after some unsavoury incidents last year, and he raised hackles in some quarters by talking up his chances against the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

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