Tomic takes on big challenge in title defence

LEADING Australian player Bernard Tomic faces a tall order if he is to sucessfully defend his Sydney International title.

The world No. 51 announced yesterday he would attempt to go back-to-back in the tournament in the lead-up to January's Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

"Winning Sydney really changed me and made me feel that I can win these tournaments. I'm really looking forward to coming back and having a shot at defending my title," Tomic said.

Winning again won't be easy, however, with 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro and world No.21 Jerzy Janowicz (pictured) among the confirmed starters.

Janowicz, who stands a towering 2.032m, reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon this year and said playing in Sydney would be a great warm-up for the first Grand Slam of the year.

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