Ana Ivanovic evened the round-robin event by overwhelming Australian 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 6-3. Barty made a positive start, but once Ivanovic made the first break to lead 4-2 she took control. The Serbians combined to win the mixed doubles 6-4, 6-7 (8), 10-6.
Tomic put Djokovic under pressure right from the start, holding five break points in the opening game. Djokovic survived that threat and held a break point of his own to lead 5-3 but netted a backhand. Tomic broke serve in the next game with a crosscourt forehand winner and served out the set.
He kept up the pressure in the second set, failing to convert a break point to lead 4-3. But he won his sixth break point at 5-4 and he served out his first win over Djokovic in four tries.
â€˜â€™I played a very, very good match,â€™â€™ Tomic said. â€˜â€™Iâ€™m just happy after the training the last few months, that itâ€™s all coming good and the training’s paying off.â€™â€™
Playing before more than 13,000 in the sold-out Perth Arena, Tomic admitted to feeling nervous at the start.
â€œVery difficult to play the first few games,â€™â€™ he said. â€˜â€™Itâ€™s very hard playing against a player like Novak and come out relaxed. But Iâ€™m happy the way I came out. I was serving really good and the whole match was on my side because my serve was working really well.â€™â€™
Djokovic was generous in defeat and conceded that Tomic deserved his victory.
â€œHe played really well. He deserved to win,â€™â€™ Djokovic said. â€˜â€™I knew I was coming here to Australia really late and it still takes time for me to get used to it. But Iâ€™m not taking anything from his win. He played terrific. Heâ€™s in great form. I was always on the back foot and he was the better player.â€™â€™