Melbourne, Jan 14: Bernard Tomic won his first senior title at the Kooyong Classic Saturday stunning world number eight Mardy Fish 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the final and earning a confidence boost ahead of the Australian Open.
The 19-year-old Australian sensation, who is ranked 37 in the world, again showed his promise, following a run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals last summer and a semi-final loss in Brisbane against Andy Murray last week.
Victory over the Amnerican at the Kooyong Club made Tomic the youngest player to triumph at the event and comes just ahead of the season-opening major, which starts on Monday.
Tomic showed off his big game during the hour and three-quarters win storming to the first set after taking a 4-0 lead.
But Fish came back, his experience showing in the second set to break the Tomic serve.
The Australian was unfazed and took victory in the third, breaking in the last game to win on the first of two match points.
Earlier Austria's Jurgen Melzer recorded his second upset of a higher ranked opponent in a week to claim third-place honours with a 6-3, 6-7 (10/12), 6-2 win over Gael Monfils.
Fresh from beating French world number six Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday, Melzer dispatched Frenchman Monfils, who is ranked 15.
Monfils faces Australian Marinko Matosevic in the first round, which starts on Monday in Melbourne.