Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost to Australian Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 at the Hopman Cup on Wednesday before Ana Ivanovic evened the Australia-Serbia tie by overwhelming teenager Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 6-3.
Barty made a positive start, but once Ivanovic made the first break to lead 4-2 she took almost total control to ensure the tie would be decided in the mixed doubles.
Tomic put Djokovic under pressure right from the start, holding five break points in the opening game. Djokovic survived that threat and held a break point of his own to lead 5-3 but netted a backhand. Tomic then broke serve in the next game with a crosscourt forehand winner and served out the set.
He kept up the pressure in the second set. He failed to convert a break point to lead 4-3, but won his sixth break point at 5-4 and then served for the match.
''I played a very, very good match and I'm just happy after the training the last few months, that it's all coming good and the training's paying off,'' Tomic said. '...