Bernard Tomic has broken a sad streak of outs in the Australian Open, advancing to the second round thanks to a retirement.

Australian tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2017, earning himself a minimum of $150,000 in the process.

The 28-year-old was piggy-backed to the next stage by Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, who was forced to retire due to injury during the third set. By that point Tomic had seized a commanding position in the match, fighting back after dropping the first set to lead 3-6 6-1 4-1.

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Australian Open: Bernard Tomic v Yuichi Sugita

Sugita retired soon after calling for a trainer to receive medical attention, with the world No.104 having plaster applied to the left side of his torso.

He resumed the match after a brief break but threw in the towel soon after, gifting Tomic his first main draw win at his home grand slam in four years.

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