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Bernard Tomic slide continues with Australian Open failure

14 January 2018

Tomic couldn't mount one final charge.

He had the chance to serve out the second set at 6-5 but lost the game and a subsequent tiebreak in his effort to reach a second main draw.

His only option was to try to fight his way through qualifying but, after winning two matches, he was beaten 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 by Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the final round. Bernard Tomic delivered a parting shot after the out-of-sorts Australian failed to qualify for his home grand slam for the first time since 2008.

He rallied in the second set to force a decider but came up short, snapping his seven-year streak of playing in every major and leaving him at a career crossroads.

Tomic's seven-year run ends. Image Getty
Tomic's seven-year run ends. Image Getty

143 was denied a Wildcard entry by Tennis Australia and forced to qualify for the main draw after a disastrous 2017 where he was fined $15,000 for admitting to faking an injury because ehe was bored at Wimbledon. "I count my millions", said the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, who reached the third round at Melbourne Park past year.

The former world number 25 said before attempting qualification, which involves three knock-out matches, that he had never relied on Tennis Australia, .

Unless he is given a lucky loser spot, Tomic will sit out the tournament for the first time since he made his debut as a 16-year-old in 2009.

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Bernard Tomic slide continues with Australian Open failure