Bernard Tomic, the real deal – Australian Open 2012

21 Jan

I’m not sure when the singles draw came out that many Australian’s would have thought we would see ANY Aussie males through to the second week, let alone 2 players.

While Lleyton Hewitt has been the lone flag bearer for Australian men’s tennis for far too long it was Bernard Tomic who has defied the doom sayers who having been looking at a bleak Australian tennis future. He got through a very tough 1st round assignment in 5 gruelling sets in the heat against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, currently world ranked # 22 – but has been as high as #6. Tomic fell behind 2 sets to love and had to draw on all his tennis smarts to draw Verdasco into his cat and mouse play. He started to push Verdasco around the court with delicate changes of pace, slice and angles. Both players struggled in the extreme heat. Verdasco is known as one of the the strongest players on tour – and for Tomic to outlast him is testament to his workload the past year on strength and conditioning.

Tennis is played a great deal from the neck up – and to have the determination and will to fight it out from 2 sets to love down over 4 hours in temperatures reaching 40+ at court level and to do it against the athletic and belligerent Spaniard, shows Tomic is looking to be more than a child prodigy. He wants success, and perhaps we may see some Aussie battler coming out in his game.

His next match was against Sam Querrey. Querrey has also peaked in the ATP top 20, and has a huge serve and power packed game. Tomic was clinical in his dismantling of Querrey’s fire power, and it was this win, on Rod Laver Arena in prime time, that convinced me that Tomic has taken the next step. In fact, the next leap, not just step – he has come that far.

To use the Australian vernacular – Tomic – “he can play!”

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