Already assured of a precious big pay day and rankings boost, the resurgent and loved-up Bernard Tomic is looking to strike more gold at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
After improving his strike rate to nine wins from 10 matches since hooking up with reality TV star and so-called new "coach" Vanessa Sierra late last year, Tomic is through to the second round at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2017.
But the one-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist, who qualified for the Open with three wins in the Middle East last month, isn't finished yet.
Tomic takes on Denis Shapovalov for a place in the last 32 buoyed by the fact that the world No.12 was pushed to five sapping sets in a late-night thriller with fellow young gun Jannik Sinner on Monday.
Tomic, who possesses somewhat of an encyclopeadic knowledge of every peer on tour, predicted Shapovalov and Sinner would go the distance even before they took the court.
"In my opinion, they are going to have a long match. They are going to play some quality tennis against each other because Jannik is playing unbelievable - won his first 250 (title on Sunday) and Denis is top 15 or top 10 in the world," he said.
"So it's going to be an unbelievable match. I think it's going to go long. Hopefully it goes long for my sake."
That it did and that they did, the pair producing some breathtaking tennis in an epic stretching five minutes shy of four hours.
Tomic, in contrast, was leading Yuichi Sugita 3-6 6-1 4-1 when the Japanese stopped because of an abdominal strain.
It was the perfect match for Tomic, enough for the 28-year-old to expend some nervous tension but not too much to aggravate a niggling knee injury that forced his withdrawal from last week's lead-up event.
He's hoping the knee continues to hold up.
"I didn't feel it for five, six days," Tomic said, before the injury flared after a practise session with former Open finalist Marin Cilic.
"Took a few more days off to feel right."
Tomic's first-round victory, his first at a grand slam since 2018, will lift his flagging ranking of No.233 in the world by at least 27 spots.
An upset win over Shapovalov would ensure the former world No.17 rocketed back into the top 200.
Tomic is among five Australians back on court on Wednesday.
His one-time doubles partner Nick Kyrgios faces Frenchman Ugo Humbert, chasing a berth in the last 32 in Melbourne for the fifth time in seven visits.
James Duckworth is up against Canada's 20th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime and wildcard Alex Bolt plays former Open semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov, the 18th seed this year.
Ajla Tomljanovic, who meets world No.2 Simona Halep, is the only Australian woman playing on day three.
AUSSIES IN ACTION AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN ON WEDNESDAY (PREFIX DENOTES SEEDING):
Men's singles, second round
Nick Kyrgios v 29-Ugo Humbert (FRA)
Bernard Tomic v 11-Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
James Duckworth v 20-Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
Alex Bolt v 18-Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
Women's singles, second round
Ajla Tomljanovic v 2-Simona Halep (ROM)