Aura of Federer too big for Tomic

Updated: January 19, 2013, 10:36 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Bernard Tomic obviously wanted to play well against Roger Federer, but he also needed to play gallantly.

Tomic had the burden of being the only Australian left in the Australian Open singles draw, but that isn't the heaviest baggage he has carried this season. The 20-year-old, who had an epiphany in the offseason and decided to stop squandering valuable time with bad-boy shenanigans, sprinted out ahead of his recent past to win 10 straight matches in 2013.


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