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Push for fuel price scrutiny

RACT general manager for member assist Darren Moody says it is ‘‘vitally important’’ that Tasmania is included in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s inquiry into high fuel prices in Australia.
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In the past 12 weeks, the average cost of unleaded petrol across the nation has fallen to 122¢, while Tasmanians have paid an average of 138¢ a litre at the petrol pump.

Yesterday ACCC chairman Rod Sims said three rural Australian towns would be used as case studies throughout 2015 and monitored by the ACCC to uncover why fuel prices were significantly higher in regional Australia than in metropolitan areas.

Mr Sims said the three case studies would be confirmed next week, but he would not say whether Tasmania would be featured in the list.

‘‘What I can say is that wherever we choose will have wider implications because we’ll know a lot more about cost structure for regional fuel prices,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re going to be reporting on petrol prices everywhere and that will include Tasmania.’’

Mr Moody said the pressure was on the ACCC to get results for Tasmania.

‘‘There’s noise coming from the state government and the Liberal members in Federal Parliament,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s vitally important that we are included in this inquiry.’’

Local Government Association of Tasmania president Barry Jarvis has joined the chorus of Tasmanians fighting for a change.

Cr Jarvis yesterday said he will consider collecting the signatures of the state’s mayors in an effort to force action from the ACCC against high fuel prices.

He said he will contact mayors in the coming weeks to discuss the possibility of tabling a letter on behalf of local government in Tasmania.

The letter would include signatures from mayors fed up with the ACCC’s lack of action against Tasmanian fuel prices.

The possibility will be brought up at LGAT’s quarterly general meeting in Brighton on February 13.

‘‘We’ll certainly consider a letter. It’s probably worthwhile. If we get the OK from the [LGAT] CEO, then we’ll go ahead with it.’’

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and Break

O’ Day Mayor Mick Tucker yesterday said they would support the move.

‘‘Yes … The ACCC has also recently announced that it will investigate fuel prices in three regional Australian areas, and I’m hopeful that Tasmania will be included in that,’’ Alderman van Zetten said.

‘‘We are being screwed when it comes to diesel and screwed when it comes to petrol,’’ Cr Tucker said.

‘‘I would happily take part signing the letter.’’

Wayne Dargin, of Prospect, fills up in Prospect at Caltex. Picture: MARK JESSER

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Hurricanes’ season over after loss to the Brisbane Heat

BRISBANE: The Brisbane Heat last night downed the Hobart Hurricanes by 18 runs in their Big Bash League contest at the Gabba, ending the visitors’ season.
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Steve Parry (centre) of the Heat celebrates with teammates after taking the prized wicket of Hurricanes batsman Travis Birt during the Big Bash League match last night. Pictures: Getty Images

In reply to the Heat’s 6-198 the Hurricanes could only manage 8-180.

Earlier in the night a whirlwind half-century by Chris Lynn set up the Heat’s innings.

Lynn thrashed the Hurricanes to all parts of the ground, reaching his 50 off 18 balls to equal the fastest 50 in BBL history, which was only set by the Adelaide Strikers’ Tim Ludeman last month ago.

Ben Hilfenhaus, of the Hurricanes, celebrates taking claiming the wicket of Joe Burns last night.

Sent in to bat by the visitors, the Heat lost Test batsman Joe Burns for one before Chris Lynn decided to go ballistic with the bat, belting five fours in a row off the bowling of Tim Bresnan in the third over.

Lynn belted Ben Hilfenhaus for two sixes in the very next over as the Heat reached 1 for 65 at the conclusion of the power play.

The aggressive right-hander combined with Peter Forrest for a 113-run second-wicket stand before holding out in the deep for 81 from only 35 balls.

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Identical twins finally reunited

Renee and Abigail McConnell, born on December 14, have been reunited for the first time since their birth.RENEE and Abigail McConnell have been reunited for the first time since their birth on December 14.
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The identical twins had just an hour with their mother, Vanessa McConnell, before Renee was flown to Melbourne for emergency surgery and Abigail was taken to Launceston General Hospital’s neonatal unit.

Renee has been at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne ever since.

The Ulverstone sisters have both needed medical care as they were born premature, at 33 weeks gestation, but Renee has faced greater health challenges due to a gap in her oesophagus.

However, last week the family was finally reunited, when Abigail left the LGH and was flown to Melbourne to join her sister.

“It felt like I’d been a bit disconnected from Renee, because I hadn’t seen her for two weeks since she was born, but it was just amazing to see her there and hard to believe what she’s been through,” Mrs McConnell said.

“It’s so good all being together, because we had 12 days without Abigail, she was in Launceston for 12 days on her own, but I did have some of my family visiting her.”

Mrs McConnell said Abigail had been discharged, but it wasn’t clear how much longer Renee would be in hospital.

“She’s been having trouble swallowing and they’re having to suction her saliva out, but they basically have to sit back, wait and see until she’s full term before reassessing whether she needs an operation or not,” Mrs McConnell said.

“It’s hard, but you’ve just got to take one day at a time, and if it can help her for the rest of her life, then it’s worth the wait now.”

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Sardar Azmoun strike sends Iran through to Asian Cup quarter-finals with 1-0 win over Qatar

Decisive: Sardar Azmoun’s strike settled the group c match. Photo: Brendan EspositoThey say it can be hard to generate an atmosphere at Homebush when it’s not filled to capacity. Maybe. But then again, Australian sports fans are quite adept at sitting on their hands and whinging about why everyone else is doing the same.
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We could do a whole lot worse than learn from Iran’s fans, who, despite being some 12,900 kilometres from Tehran, made 22,672 at ANZ Stadium stadium feel like the Azadi Stadium, arguably the world’s most intimidating venue. Ask the 1997 Socceroos, who played out a 0-0 in front of 128,000 men.

Women can’t go to men’s matches in Iran but this was a uniquely different setting. There were scores of Iranian women in short-skirts, faces covered in team paint while the younger girls – a generation born and raised here – were dressed head-to-toe in red, green and white creations.

Regardless of the mixed gender in the stands, they all gathered to sing, chant and cheer for their teams. And what a noise it was too – louder the 50,000 or so that saw Australia defeat Oman two nights earlier, and certainly more consistent.

Think 90 minutes of noise with frenzied crescendos when the ball was at either end. There might have been 15 Qatari fans, give or take, in the whole stadium.

The scene was similar in Melbourne when they began their tournament with a victory over Bahrain. However, this match, in Sydney, where Iranian community have been the subject of considerable scrutiny of late, it was a chance to get their minds back on football. The communal release was palpable. Even the team themselves may not be aware of what they’re doing for the diaspora.

You had to be there to believe it when Sardar Azmoun scored the opener in the 52nd minute. Not just for the noise – ear-drum bursting, of course – but the build-up play. It was simply top draw.

Veteran midfielder Andranik Teymourian showed his nous with a brilliant tackle to win the ball back for Iran, knocking the ball out to Ashkan Dejagah in the same motion.

We’ve been waiting for Dejagah to take this tournament by storm, and it was his presence of mind to play a quick square ball that gave Azmoun his moment.

Taking the ball with the inside of his right boot with his back to goal, he dragged it behind his body, spun and shot with an outstretched boot. Bergkamp meets Berbatov. It could very well be the goal of the tournament.

It would be unfair, however, to say it was inevitable.

Until that moment, Qatar has been defending stoutly, their midfield four dropping back to guard the defence and goalkeeper Qasem Burhan doing a good job of marshalling those in front of him. The centre-halves Almahdi Ali Mukhtar and Ibrahim Majid, in the absence of the injured Bilal Mohammed, fought bravely to keep a clean sheet.

But Iran’s overwhelming star power was hard to ignore – Teymourian, Javad Nekounam, Dejagah, Masoud Shaojaei. So much that Iran could afford to leave arguably their top striker, Reza Ghoochannejhad, on the bench. he came on later and could easily have found a second.

The Qataris star quotient of comparable talent is much thinner, and probably only occupied by Khalfan Ibrahim. But he too was sat on the bench, the result of an injury he carried coming into the tournament. Despite scoring a wonder goal against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, the turnaround time was too short.

If everything goes to plan, Australia could well face Iran in a semi-final at this same venue in just over a week’s time. Right now, that’s as alluring as any potential match-up this tournament could possibly throw up.

If it so happens that both teams should make it so far, the locals better bring their lungs. The battle for decibels may be even fiercer than the contest on the field.

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Glitterpreneur hits Twitter with ‘For Sale’ sign, but where’s the sparkle?

Mat Carpenter Photo: Twitter: @matcarpenter Mat Carpenter. Photo: Facebook
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Some of the “reviews” on the website.

Mathew Carpenter, 22, believes in revenge by glitter. His website ShipYourEnemiesGlitter南京夜网 allows people to “piss off someone you dislike” by simply sending it $10. In return they send the nominated person an envelope of glitter “that is guaranteed to go everywhere”.

After announcing the website on Monday, being reported worldwide and crashing it on Tuesday (due to an overwhelming amount of traffic), Mr Carpenter took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce his business is for sale. ShipYourEnemiesGlitter with 1m visits, 270k social shares, $xx,xxx in sales, tonnes of people wanting to order. 24 hours old. For sale. — Mathew Carpenter (@matcarpenter) January 14, 2015Gizmodo, The Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Post have all reported on the “glitter bomb” phenomenon.

However, social media metrics on Facebook and Twitter tell a different story. In a potential case of the traditional media tail wagging the social media dog it seems extensive media coverage, rather than social media interest, is driving interest for the website.

His website also features “reviews” from customers, but it’s unclear whether they are real as Mr Carpenter says the site has “tonnes of people wanting to order”, inferring it has never actually shipped glitter to date.

All of Mr Carpenter’s traffic statistics thus far have been broadcast by himself. When Fairfax Media asked him to validate them, Mr Carpenter wouldn’t supply any statistics identifiable by an independent third party.

Mr Carpenter first took to Twitter on Monday to let people know about his concept with the following tweet: Glitter as a Service: http://t.co/cMxP5SPkhL – we send glitter to the people you hate. — Mathew Carpenter (@matcarpenter) January 13, 2015

On Wednesday, Mr Carpenter then posted an update on his Facebook account saying shipyourenemiesglitter南京夜网 was “starting to go viral”.

Mr Carpenter’s Facebook post, at time of writing, had a total of 31 likes and about 27 comments, many from people asking to speak with him about media commitments.

In 2012, Fairfax reported on another website Mr Carpenter was involved with, getwithsocial南京夜网, that sells Facebook likes. One thousand Australian Facebook likes for $90 to be exact.

According to the post above, it would appear Mr Carpenter doesn’t invest in or utilise the products sold by getwithsocial南京夜网.

Mr Carpenter then hit Twitter again, on Wednesday, saying that his website was for sale with a reported “1M visits, 270K social shares [and]…tonnes of people wanting to order”. That tweet received a more respectable, but still relatively small, 230 retweets and 175 favourites.

When contacted by Fairfax, first via Twitter and then via the email displayed on the website, Mr Carpenter was pleasant, chatty and timely in his responses but in response to a request for a telephone interview said, “I can’t really give interviews over the phone however I’m happy to answer any questions via email,” and “I’m not a fan of phone interviews”.

When Fairfax then asked Mr Carpenter to verify his social media statistics (amongst other questions) in an email, he said that his statistics come from the social tracking website linktally南京夜网 and claimed to have 370,000 social media shares, about 2300 orders and 2,500,000 visitors.

Mr Carpenter wouldn’t supply any screenshots or photos showing the analytics from an independent third party. And while saying he had about 2300 orders, he said “the website is only 48 hours old so we don’t have any customers you can speak to – sorry.”

Mr Carpenter confirmed he was born and lives around Newcastle, is not a student or studying and has prior media coverage with Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise program, news南京夜网.au and the Sydney Morning Herald for other entrepreneurial ventures.

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Army role is life-changing experience

DEPLOYMENT to the Middle East has been a life-changing experience for Deloraine’s Valerie Macmichael.
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Corporal Macmichael is positioned with Joint Task Force 633, at Australia’s main logistics base in the Middle East.

Her military career began about four years ago when she joined the Army Reserves.

When a screening for army recruitment came up, Corporal Macmichael saw an opportunity to quit her temporary work in Launceston IT and accounting.

‘‘I was in Kapooka joining the army five weeks later,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s definitely a very different way of life … you can’t plan a lot of time – the army way of life is a lot more involved.

‘‘It took a little time to adapt, especially moving a lot. You’re away on courses or bush exercises. I’m currently based up in Darwin.’’

Corporal Macmichael said her deployment was also a quick process and her selection due to a shortage of people stationed in her role.

‘‘It was very rushed – I only had a couple of weeks’ notice,’’ she said.

‘‘There was a lot involved in getting prepared. Our pre-training to come over here was in a different location to Darwin — it was pretty much ‘pack your bags and go’.’’

Service in the Middle East involves kitting out Australian troops before they are stationed in Afghanistan.

Corporal Macmichael said she had the opportunity to travel into the troubled country as a company quartermaster.

She said her placement would end in the coming months, after which she would return to Deloraine to visit family and friends.

Australian Army Corporal Valerie Macmichael, of Deloraine, has been deployed to the Middle East with Joint Task Force 633.

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Tamar folk festival to tell the story of the ANZACs

Vince Brophy and Jim Brown will perform at the Tamar Valley Folk Festival tomorrow.A GUITAR fashioned from Gallipoli’s Lone Pine will help tell the story of ANZACs at the Tamar Valley Folk Festival this weekend.
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Vince Brophy and Jim Brown will travel to the George Town event to perform The Anzac on the Wall, an Anzac tribute concert developed by the interstate pair.

The performance begins with the story of young soldier Danny Clancy and features poetry and an array of instruments.

Brophy said one song followed the story of his wife’s grandfather.

He said the use of the Lone Pine guitar, on loan from Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, made the stories tangible.

He said many audience members were still raw from the impact of World War I.

“People come up and touch it as though it’s the impetus to tell us their stories, and they’re very private stories,” Brophy said.

“This guitar has touched a lot of people. This may well be part of the healing process for a lot of people.”

The Tamar Valley Folk Festival begins at noon today and The Anzac on the Wall will begin at 10am tomorrow. A full festival program is available at tamarvalleyfolkfestival南京夜网/

FAST FACTSWHAT: Tamar Valley Folk Festival.

WHEN: Today until Sunday.

WHERE: Venues around George Town/

HOW MUCH: Adult weekend pass $70 (concession $65), youth weekend pass $35 (under 14 accompanied free), Saturday only $40, Sunday only $30.

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Bali nine pair to be executed together if Chan loses appeal

Andrew Chan, left, with Myuran Sukumaran inside Kerobokan prison in 2011. Photo: Anta Kesuma Andrew Chan, left, with Myuran Sukumaran inside Kerobokan prison in 2011. Photo: Anta Kesuma
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Andrew Chan, left, with Myuran Sukumaran inside Kerobokan prison in 2011. Photo: Anta Kesuma

Andrew Chan, left, with Myuran Sukumaran inside Kerobokan prison in 2011. Photo: Anta Kesuma

The Bali Nine members on death row will be executed together if Andrew Chan loses his clemency appeal.

At a press conference announcing six drug felons would be executed on January 18, Indonesian Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo said the government was waiting on the outcome of Chan’s clemency appeal before executing Myuran Sukumuran.

Although no Australians are in the first group of convicts on death row to be executed on January 18, Mr Prasetyo warned the second batch of executions would also prioritise those sentenced to death for drug offences.

This means Sukumuran and Chan could face the firing squad within months if Chan loses his appeal.

“When a crime is committed by more than one person, the execution must be conducted at the same time,” Mr Prasetyo said. “So Myuran will wait for his turn.”

Chan and Sukumuran were sentenced to death by firing squad in 2006 for being involved in a conspiracy to import 8.2 kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.

They based their clemency bids on the strong efforts they have made at rehabilitation since they were jailed in Kerobokan prison in 2005.

Mr Prasetyo also said the Australian government had not put pressure on Indonesia over the Bali Nine cases nor asked it to consider lighter sentences.

Sukumuran learned last week that his clemency appeal had been rejected by Indonesian president Joko Widodo. Chan is yet to receive a response from his plea.

Mr Prasetyo denied that diplomatic relations with those countries whose citizens were to be executed would be affected.

“They all understand because drugs crime is the common enemy so I think each foreign country will respect Indonesia’s legal system.”

Mr Prasetyo said he realised there were pros and cons of capital punishment but it remained Indonesia’s policy.

“When the death sentence is handed down, it should be carried out,” he said.

Mr Prasetyo said drug crimes were particularly bad, which is why the maximum penalty was death.

“The drugs network has spread all over the country, not only in big cities but also in villages,” he said.

“It has many victims, mostly youngsters at their most productive age. Forty to fifty people in Indonesia die every day because of drugs.”

Indonesia’s method of execution has not changed since a decree signed by its first president in 1964. Prisoners are woken in the middle of the night in their isolation cells in secret locations. They are offered blindfolds, and asked if they would like to stand, sit or lie down before being executed by a firing squad.

Mr Prasetyo said those to be executed had been notified on Wednesday in accordance with regulations that they have to be given three days’ notice.

Those to be executed on Sunday are Rani Andriani, an Indonesian, Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira from Brazil, Tran Thi Bich Hanh from Vietnam, Namaona Denis from Malawi, Daniel Enemuo from Nigeria and Ang Kiem Soei, who was born in Papua but whose nationality is unclear.

Five would be executed on the penal island of Nusakambangan, know as Indonesia’s Alcatraz.

The sixth is to be executed in Boyolali in Central Java.

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Martin Place hostage Marcia Mikhael records exclusive interview with Channel Seven’s Melissa Doyle

Marcia Mikhael is rescued from the Lindt cafe in Martin Place. Photo: Andrew Meares Marcia Mikhael is rescued from the Lindt cafe in Martin Place. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Marcia Mikhael is rescued from the Lindt cafe in Martin Place. Photo: Andrew Meares

Marcia Mikhael is rescued from the Lindt cafe in Martin Place. Photo: Andrew Meares

A hostage, whom the Martin Place gunman used to get his message out, has recorded an exclusive interview with Melissa Doyle at Channel Seven.

Marcia Mikhael, 43, was one of 17 people taken hostage at the Lindt cafe in December.

She featured prominently during the siege, issuing gunman Man Haron Monis’ demands via YouTube, Facebook and a telephone conversation with Channel Nine’s Mark Burrows.

She was shot in the leg during the 16-hour siege.

Monis’ demands included that an IS flag be sent in exchange for one hostage and that the media be alerted that the siege was a terrorist attack.

In exchange for five hostages, Monis demanded contact with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Ms Mikhael received an undisclosed sum for the Channel Seven interview, which is to air early next month.

But media organisations will be able to bid for opportunities to interview her 10 days after the program airs.

News Corp has been negotiating with her for her story of the siege for a six-figure sum.

Jason Arraj, Ms Mikhael’s lawyer who is also related to her, said she would use money from media interviews to set up a foundation to help the siege victims and families of those who died.

“It’s to assist the victims of the siege for their mental illness and to assist the family of the deceased who were in the siege,” Mr Arraj said.

He was unable to disclose more details as he said Ms Mikhael was still recovering.

“She’s still suffering,” he said. “She’s had two surgeries, she’s still got shrapnel in her legs, she doesn’t sleep at night due to her flashbacks.”

Ms Mikahel is on leave from her job as a Westpac project manager.

“Nearly everyone has done an interview with various TV stations, so to single her out is cruel,” Mr Arraj said.

Ms Mikhael’s foundation, if established, would be the second foundation to be set up, after the Katrina Dawson Foundation, which will focus on the education of women. Former governor-general Quentin Bryce will be its founding member. Bali Bombing Survivor Peter Hughes talking to Radio 2UE’s Justin Smith when asked if Marcia should get money for her story

“So she should, she should get every dollar she can as best as possible because at the end of the day that person is going to have to live with this for the rest of her life, she’s going to have to live with that injury she’s marked with for the rest of her life. No amount of money can change what that person will be going through, but at least it’s going to help.”

“This person will need it. Her family will need it, her friends will need it.”

“At least she can move forward with something because most people that go through trauma don’t get as much help.”

“I wish her the best and I hope she gets as much as she can.”

“What they did for 911 and Mumbai and Bali Bombing and Jakarta, they averaged it out at 75 for the people that lost loved ones so that family should get 75 thousand for the loss of loved ones.”

“To the more critically injured and probably more traumatised, they should get the same amount. And the people that probably didn’t suffer as much, they should probably get a percentage of what that might be, of the 75 000.”

“I don’t know where that figure is from, that’s obviously a state government thing but every state has got a different level in terms of victim compensation.”

“Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister is very sympathetic to this, he pushed it really hard, he made a point when we were working together, that ‘I will definitely put that through once I become Prime Minister’ and he did that.”

“I think if you put the question to the Prime Minister he’ll look at it favourably and do something about it in some way or form.”

“He’s just a brilliant man when it comes to those sort of things with Australians who get caught up in a bad situation.”

“They’re going through hell, there’s no question about that.”

“They’ll get all the care from, whether it be the state government or the federal government.”

“They will be looked after don’t you worry but they’ll never get over this trauma, it just takes forever. If you asked me that question 12 years on from Bali it’s still the same. It’s just a hard one to get over and you just get on with it day by day and most of these people that go through these traumas, they’re bloody brilliant people, because they don’t show the pain. They put the mask on and get on with it.”

“I have my bad days.”

“I watched that Martin Place siege and it just broke my heart.”

“IT just reminds you that we all have to be vigilant.”

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Bernard Tomic knocked out of Sydney International quarter-finals by Gilles Muller

Bernard Tomic believes he is ready to “do some damage” at the Australian Open next week, despite failing in his bid at a third consecutive Sydney International final on Thursday night.
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Tomic fought gallantly on Ken Rosewall Arena but was eventually defeated in straights in the quarter finals, struggling for answers to counteract the big left-handed serve of Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, going down 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (15-13).

He may have fallen short in two tie breaks to be sent packing in straight sets, but the world No.71 believes he’s playing good enough tennis to make an impact in Melbourne, especially arriving two days earlier than he did the last two years after reaching the final in Sydney.

“I have that one, two days where I can get ready for those five sets,” the 22-year-old said.

“It’s going to be important. In Melbourne, I always play good, so hopefully I get a good draw, play the right tennis. I can do some damage down there for sure the way I’m playing.”

The second tie-breaker was an epic struggle, with Tomic failing to convert five set point opportunities, as well as two others at 6-5, before Muller finally nabbed the win on his fifth match point.

“It was very close tennis and very good tennis, I think,” Tomic said.

“I was trying to get that serve. He served really well. I knew it was going to be difficult. This is a player that has been in the last eight at majors I think four or five years back at the US Open. It was very difficult playing him.

“That serve is probably one of the best serves out there now that’s left‑handed. Not a lot of guys can play like him. I think he struggled with a lot of injuries the past few years and that is what has delayed his ranking. I think he is a top 20, 30 player. He is very good.”

Tomic managed to regain his touch in Sydney and admitted he felt as fit and strong as he has in the past – positive signs as he embarks on another Australian Open campaign after double hip surgery last year.

While he bowed out earlier than he had hoped, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Queenslander, who heads to Melbourne on Friday on the back of an impressive week in Sydney.

Both players managed to hold serve throughout the first set, forcing the opening set into a tie-breaker.

However, Tomic struggled to counteract the left-hand service game of the world No.45, going down 7-3 in the tie-breaker to surrender the first set.

The second set was almost identical to the first, however Tomic squandered two set point opportunities at 6-5 before being forced into a second consecutive tie-breaker.

A majestic cross-court backhand return of serve gave him the upperhand early in the tie-breaker, and despite Muller fighting back, Tomic was presented with five set point opportunities.

Muller had four match points of his own before finally landing the killer blow to take the epic tie-breaker 15-13.

Tomic now turns his attention to Friday morning’s Australian Open draw in Melbourne.

“I’ll be the first one watching that, I’ll be waiting for that first spot,” Tomic said jokingly after being drawn against Rafael Nadal in the opening round last year.

“No, for sure it’s tough what I experienced last year in the Australian Open. But I think that’s the worst you can experience, and I learned a lot from that. I’m a much better player, fitter, stronger. For me it’s a huge opportunity coming back to Melbourne.

“With the right draw I can definitely do some damage and take these few matches that I had in Brisbane and the quarters here and put this all in Melbourne, I believe I can play very good tennis. I’m going to prepare as best I can and, you know, I believe I can do well in Melbourne.”

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