Rising Australian talent Bernard Tomic felt a bit overweight last week when he lost in the Opening Round of the Brisbane International to David Ferrer.
Recently featuring in the Fast4 event, Tomic shed some weight and looked visibly slimmer. He won the exhibition match against Dominic Thiem, the World No.8 and top seed for this week's Sydney International.
"I needed it because I played a bad match in Brisbane so I needed to take it seriously, and Dominic did as well," Tomic said. "We were focused. We were wanting to grab the competition out of this. So I'm happy with how we played, regardless of the format. It was high-quality tennis from both of us."
The 196-centimetre tall Tomic, who towers over most opponents, admitted he opened the summer "a little bit overweight" after "resting and eating" while recovering from an abdominal strain.
"I was about 99 kilos, as opposed to 94," he said. "So, as I started to doing a lot of fitness, I gained a little bit more strength and I was a little bit slow around the court. In one week, I trained well, I did the right things, I watched my diet and I'm feeling pretty good now.”
"I mean, I am tall. I am big - but 99 kilos, close to a hundred, is too much."
The 24-year-old admits he will be somewhat at the mercy of Friday's draw. "I can play obviously the top eight guys (in the third round)," he said. "Obviously, a few of those top guys I've beaten - Stan (Wawrinka), Kei (Nishikori) and (Marin) Cilic. So I've got matches there I can win and I've got a good record against them."
"Obviously the top three, I don't have a good record (against) - (Milos) Raonic, (Andy) Murray and Novak (Djokovic)."