Novak Djokovic suffers shock defeat to Bernard Tomic
Australian beats world number one in the Hopman Cup
Wednesday 02 January 2013
World number one Novak Djokovic suffered a shock loss to Australian Bernard Tomic at the Hopman Cup team event today, two weeks before the defence of his Australian Open title.
Two days after Djokovic sustained a minor injury when a crowd barricade fell into his shin while he was signing autographs, Djokovic was defeated 6-4 6-4 as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the tie against Serbia.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty was due to play Ana Ivanovic in the women's singles later.
Tomic had a poor 2012 in which he fell outside the top 50 in the world rankings but the 20-year has vowed to return to the top 10 this year.
He has recorded back-to-back victories at the Hopman Cup against Germany's Tommy Haas and Djokovic.
"I'm thankful to get the opportunity to play against Novak," Tomic said. "I was very nervous before the match. I've worked hard on my serve and technique in the off-season and I think that's why I won. And I've been working on my head a lot, trying to not get distracted."
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