Australian Bernard Tomic has won his second straight title after defeating Alexander Cozbinov 7-6 (5) 6-3 in the final of an ITF 15k event in Cancun.
The 29-year-old didn’t drop a set across his five matches at the tournament and has now won his past 10 matches.
Tomic won his first title since 2018 in early September, also in Cancun, as the fallen Aussie works his way back up the rankings after a difficult few years.
His latest win is set to him jump up to 638 in the ATP rankings having been as low as 825 in August.
The former Australian Open boys champion has been struck down by COVID-19 twice this year but has quickly bounced back in Mexico over the past month.
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Not one to hold back, Tomic took to social media after his latest title win to indicate he’s fired up to keep his comeback going.
“Thanks for the support,” Tomic posted on his Instagram stories after the victory.
“F*ck the haters. I’m gonna prove them wrong.”
One of those people Tomic will be hoping to prove wrong is Australia’s current highest-ranked player Nick Kyrgios.
The two have been calling each other out on social media over the past year with Kyrgios left fuming after someone suggested Tomic was the better player.
Tomic didn’t like Kyrgios’ response and suggested the two should play an exhibition match to settle the debate but Kyrgios wasn’t interested.
Due to their ranking difference, a competitive match still looks to be some time away but Tomic has shown signs over the past month that he’s ready to get his tennis career back on track.
A 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist, Tomic has only featured at one Grand Slam event over the past three years and stumbled in the first round of qualifying for this year’s Australian Open.
After failing to qualify and suggesting mid-match that he felt he had COVID, Tomic admitted in an interview with A Current Affair that he needs to make the most of the next few years.
“Time is running out, I’ve got four or five good years left,” Tomic said.