After surviving a scare last night, Bernard Tomic will be eager to hit the ground running today as he fights for a place in the final of the Sydney International against in-form Italian Andreas Seppi. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm AEDT.
Tomic was off the blocks slowly against Nieminen but managed to come back from a set down to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two hours.
While not at his best, Tomic showed great attitude to stick with Nieminen during the second set and wrestled momentum away from the defending champion to finish strongly in the third set.
It will be interesting to see how Tomic deals with the short turnaround when he faces Seppi, who also performed strongly in his quarter-final victory over Marcel Granollers.
With temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees today, the conditions will certainly test both players this afternoon, and with this in mind, whoever wins the first set may go a long way to winning this contest.
Despite being 28 years of age, Seppi had his best season to date in 2012, making the Rome Masters semi-finals and the French Open fourth round last year.
Seppi was on the verge of making the quarter-finals at Roland Garros but lost to world no.1 Novak Djokovic after holding a two sets to love lead in the match.
On form, Seppi should present Tomic with his toughest challenge to date in Sydney so the Australian can ill-afford to start slowly against the Italian in tough conditions.
Tomic at his best does have Seppi covered when it comes to flair and power, with the Australian able to hit strong serves and forehands at will when on form.
If Seppi manages to keep the ball in play however, Tomic is prone to making several unforced errors as evidenced during the first set of yesterday’s win over Nieminen.
While Seppi will certainly test Tomic this evening, Tomic is riding a wave of momentum at the moment and should be favoured to progress to his maiden ATP tour final today.
Tomic in straight sets.