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Bernie nearing his best

Bernard Tomic is set to finish the year as Australia’s highest ranked male player despite injuries and a form slump resulting in a less than impressive season on the scoreboard.

Tomic, who turned 22 this week, had another cause for celebration with his semi-final run at the Stockholm Open propelling him 20 spots in the rankings to No.56 in the world.

His three wins in Sweden, which included the scalps of seeds Kevin Anderson and Fernando Verdasco, were Tomic’s first main-draw triumphs since he pulled out of the US Open with a hip injury.

The Queenslander, who has a career high ranking of 27, is now just two spots behind rising star Nick Kyrgios and four behind veteran Lleyton Hewitt. However with the pair having completed their 2014 ATP tour seasons it’s likely Tomic will kick-off the new year as our best placed Aussie male.

The result would’ve seemed hard to fathom a few months ago when Tomic dropped out of the world’s top 100 for the first time since 2011 following his second round exit at Wimbledon.

A second career title, when the dual grand slam junior champion claimed the Claro Open by overcoming defending champion Ivo Karlovic, seemingly the tonic the often maligned star needed.

You’ll be able to see Tomic in action at January’s Sydney International alongside compatriot Nick Kygrios ahead of the Australian Open.

The tournament is a favourite of Tomic’s having claimed his maiden ATP title there in 2013, while he also reached this year’s final.

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