Bernard Tomic returns to the win column, clinches first title of the year

Tomic completes his great week in Las Vegas with the title.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Bernard Tomic returns to the win column, clinches first title of the year
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Bernard Tomic has won his first title of the year after beating Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in the ITF Las Vegas final. Tomic, who was seeded at No 1, beat third-seeded Kwiatkowski 6-1 4-6 6-2 in the Las Vegas final. Last year, Tomic won three ITF titles.

This year, Tomic was mostly playing on the Challenger level. This week, Tomic returned to the ITF level. For Tomic, it worked out extremely well as the former world No 17 ended up winning it all.

How Tomic beat Kwiatkowski?

Tomic made a great start to the match, claiming an early break in the second game and serving out the next game for a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth game, Tomic missed out on two break points as Kwiatkowski managed to get on the board. However, it didn't change much as Tomic broke Kwiatkowski again in the sixth game for a 5-1 lead. In the seventh game, Tomic saved two break points before realizing his first set point to clinch the first set.

After easily losing the first set, Kwiatkowski started the second set with an early break and a 2-0 lead. But Kwiatkowski's lead was short-lived as Tomic got the break back in the third game. In the ninth game, Kwiatkowski saved a break point to go 5-4 up in the second set.

After saving a break point in the ninth game, Kwiatkowski broke Tomic in the 10th game - in the game in which the Australian was serving to stay in the second set. Tomic responded extremely well after losing the second set as the Australian started the third set with back-to-back breaks and a 3-0 lead.

Down by two breaks, Kwiatkowski refused to quit and managed to get one break back in the fourth game. In the seventh game, Tomic broke Kwiatkowski to take a 5-2 lead and go up by a double-break again. Tomic then closed out the match after realizing his first match point in the eighth game.

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