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  • Tomic vows to make a change at Hopman Cup

    12/30/12 2:38 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Tomic vows to make a change at Hopman Cup Bernard Tomic will hope to end his his reputation as a bad boy by a solid performance for Australia at the Hopman Cup.

    The No. 52 will begin his nation's campaign at the eight-steam event against Germany at the weekend, facing Tommy Haas.

    Tomic, who drew fire in 2012 for a lack of effort which saw him cut from the Davis Cup team, said on Friday that his focus is now looking ahead, not behind at an event which now exactly duplicates condition to be found at the Australian Open starting January 14.

    "Last season was a big learning one for me," said the number 52 and 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist whose ATP ranking took a plunge during his recent listless season. "I didn't handle the pressure well.

    "I've still got to learn to deal with problems. I've also been working on my mind and my attitude a lot in the off season," said a player who last competed in late October after admitting that he did not give his best effort in three straight first-round losses.

    "I'm hitting the ball well though and I really like this new venue, I'm looking forward to starting out tomorrow." The eight-nation team event has been taken over by Tennis Australia after the quarter-of-century tournament was seized from founder Paul McNamee in a board room coup.

    Tomic said that re-starting his tennis career will not be easy. "I'm expecting a lot from myself," he said going into the Haas match holding a 1-1 record against the 34-year-old German. "Guys have figured out my game now and I have to improve.

    "I'm really keen to get started in this tournament. I might struggle and won't win every match this season, but if I keep up the work I've been doing this last seven weeks, I'm sure I will find a way."

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