AEST 00:00, Mon Jan 14 2013
Bernard Tomic might have plenty of detractors still, but none of them could argue that he represents the hopes of millions of Australians over the next fortnight.
Tomic enters the Australian Open brimming with confidence after his maiden ATP Tour title saw him regain the country's number one ranking.
Even he hopes that it's a turning point in his career, following a tumultuous 12 months that included allegations of tanking and his axing from Australia's Davis Cup team.
Tomic broke through for his first ATP title at the Sydney International.