Swimming star James Magnussen has jumped on the Bernie Tomic bandwagon and at this rate the rest of the country will too.
Magnussen was a conspicuous observer in Tomic's courtside box as the 20-year- old claimed bragging rights with a convincing victory over outclassed Australian No.1 Marinko Matosevic at the Sydney International last night.
Tomic reigned 6-3, 6-4 in the much-hyped clash of the Davis Cup outcasts to continue his unbeaten start to the summer.
"James Magnussen, thanks for coming out mate," Tomic said as he basked in the glory.
Tomic found himself offside with Australian fans after a series of meek performances and off-court controversies in 2012, but he's taken no time this summer to win back respect and credibility.
His victory over Matosevic follows three at the Hopman Cup in Perth, including a stunning straight-sets dispatch of world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Apart from being able to seize back his Australian top ranking if he goes on to win the tournament, Tomic's immediate reward is a second- round shot at redemption against Florian Mayer today.
Mayer clubbed Tomic in straight sets in Australia's Davis Cup world group playoff loss in Hamburg last September.
It was during that drubbing that Tomic and cup coach Tony Roche were involved in an animated courtside exchange - all in front of unimpressed captain Pat Rafter.
Rafter had already dumped Matosevic for the Hamburg tie because of his poor attitude earlier last year and took similar disciplinary action against Tomic, suspending the youngster from next month's cup tie in Taiwan.
By the time Tomic and Matosevic hit the court for their twilight showdown, the temperature had dipped somewhat from the scorching 41 degrees it had been earlier in the day.
Tomic made an immediate statement with a big ace down the middle on his opening serve of the match.
The 64th-ranked Tomic had the unheralded world No.49 under the pump as early as the fourth game.
Matosevic eventually succumbed to give Tomic the opening set.
Tomic claimed the only break of the second set in the fifth game and closed out the contest.