Caloundra (Challenger) F: Zemlja d. Tomic 7-6(4) 6-3
Zemlja's long Australian stay (played Brisbane, Sydeny, Australian Open qualifiers and then two Aussie Challengers) paid dividends in the end.
Tomic misses out on his third Challenger title. He still had a good fortnight, also making the semis in last week's Challenger in Bernie.
Australia had two Challengers this year, both worth 80 points to the winner and both straight after the Australian Open. I don't understand why more non-Aussies didn't stick around after the Australian Open and get some relatively easy points? The draw comprises of about half Aussies, most of which have inflated rankings anyway (no offence intended) from playing Aussie events with relatively weak fields.
Zemlja even managed to fit in a holiday to Hawaii in between his aussie tournaments, productive month and a bit
He could teach some of the more established pros a lession or two about efficient scheduling.
Saw Zemlja at Wimbledon two years ago and he looked like he had a bit of game. I'm guessing that this win will promote him quite a few places back up the rankings, although really he should be looking to enter at least the very bottom end of the top 100 imo.