By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 17, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Bernard Tomic triumphed in a difficult second round match against German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-7(4) 7-5 7-6(3) 7-6(8) to set up a likely third round encounter against Roger Federer.
As temperatures soared in Melbourne on Thursday the players took to the courts with the mercury sitting at 38°C (100°F) and during the match hit 40°C (104°F), making the court play faster than normal. Both players wore caps on court to deal with the conditions.
Neither player was able to take control in the match as three out of the four sets ended in a tie-break. The only break in the match came in the eleventh game of the second set when Tomic hit a running forehand pass down the line to take a 6-5 lead and serve out the set.
In the post-match news conference Tomic admitted that he had underestimated his opponent and said that Brands played a lot better than his ranking of 120 would suggest.
“I mean, he’s ranked not in the to...