PERTH - A tired Bernard Tomic felt like he had just played a nine-set monster after fighting back to secure a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win against Italy's Andreas Seppi at the Hopman Cup tennis classic on Tuesday.
But it wasn't enough to lift Australia to victory, with Italy winning the deciding mixed doubles to end the home nation's title hopes.
Tomic was feeling the effects of a heavy training load after practising for five hours on Monday and a further two hours before he took on Seppi.
The gruelling schedule took its toll on Tomic as he conceded the first set.
But the 21-year-old dug into his reserves to turn the tables, with his win levelling the tie at 1-1 after Sam Stosur had earlier crashed to a 6-4 6-4 loss to Flavia Pennetta.
Italy won the mixed doubles 6-3 6-4.
Stosur said she was frustrated but not despondent after consecutive singles defeats. - AAP