Tomic is just one win away from qualifying for the home grand slam, with world no.217 Lorenzo Sonego standing in his way in the third round of qualifiers.
BC-TEN-Australian Open-Tomic Out, 331 Tomic's troubles continue, misses a spot at Australian OpenBernard Tomic's troubles have continued into 2018 with a loss in the last round of qualifying for the Australian Open.
"I just count money, that's all I do".
"You go do what I did".
Tomic, the world No.142, will further slump in the ATP rankings as he will lose his points earned from a third-round appearance at Melbourne Park previous year.
Tomic's performances earlier in the week gave hope that a comeback could be on the cards for the fallen former Australian No.1.
The sometimes-reluctant Tomic fought off American Tommy Paul 6-0, 6-7, 7-6 in a second-round qualifier on Margaret Court Arena today to reach the final phase, to be completed tomorrow.
Can Tomic go all the way? Image Getty
It was a sorry sight, exacerbated by the scheduling of the 2011 Wimbledon quarter finalist and biggest name in the qualifying tournament, on court eight.
Tomic wrestled his way back into the match by improving his own service game.
Tomic saved two match points in a dramatic final game, but was eventually broken on the third match point.
At 6-5, the Tomic grunt was back.
Tomic only got the better of Sonego's serve during the second set tiebreak.
Lorenzo maintained his week-long streak of service holds, pushing the contest towards another another tiebreak.
He will play Lorenzo Sonego of Italy in the last match on Sunday with the victor will go through to the main draw starting on Monday.
Had he won, world No 142 Tomic would have been making his 10th consecutive appearance in the Australian Open singles draw.
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