AUSTRALIAN Bernard Tomic has caused a major first-round upset at the Australian Open by defeating Spain's Fernando Verdasco in a five-set thriller.
The 19-year-old stormed back from two sets down to defeat the 22nd seed 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in just over four hours on Rod Laver Arena.
The comeback victory continues Tomic's wonderful start to the year, already having reached the semi-finals of the Brisbane International and claiming the Kooyong Classic.
However, the win over Verdasco - a victory that maintains Tomic's record of having never lost in the first round at an Australian Open - will no doubt be the biggest prize of 2012.
Two sets down and in need of trainer at the beginning of the third, a sluggish Tomic looked destined for an early exit.
But the teenager - with a parochial home crowd behind him - rallied back from the death and, spurned on by the support, took a winning-hold on the match.
"I can't be more happy with myself to win," Tomic said.
Tomic will play American Sam Querrey in the second-round.
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