Rising Australian star Bernard Tomic on Friday kept his squad from falling behind in their Davis Cup clash with China, winning his singles match to even the tie at 1-1 after the first day of play.
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The 18-year-old Tomic, who reached this year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals and has seen his ATP ranking soar to a career-high 71, defeated Zhang Ze in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The win helped stave off major embarrassment for the Australian squad in new captain Pat Rafter’s first Davis Cup match after Marinko Matosevic, ranked 141st, fell to Chinese teen Wu Di in five sets, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Rafter had warned his team not to be complacent heading into the Asia/Oceania Group I second round tie against China, which they were expected to dominate.
The winner earns a berth in the World Group play-off in September.