Bernard Tomic is working hard to make a lot of people, myself included, eat their words. The latest scalp the young Australian has claimed is that of world number 8 Mardy Fish whom he beat 6-4 3-6 7-5.
It’s an understatement to say Fish will not be impressed, particularly after what happened at the Hopman Cup with Dimitrov and his reaction behind the scenes, but Tomic is delighted.
Tomic’s run of good form will take him into the Australian Open as the heavy favourite against hard hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first round. If Verdasco was at his peak he would teach Bernard a thing or two about incredible shot making but sadly we haven’t seen that form from Fernando since 2009.
I’m not the only one backing Tomic in that first round match – Tomic is not so subtle about what he thinks the outcome will be, freely burning Verdasco by saying he’s not a big threat.
“It was good that all three matches were three sets and I got a good workout and got my confidence up by playing well,.
I think I need to come out and be aggressive, like the way I was playing in the first few matches here at Kooyong.
If I play like that to his (Verdasco) backhand corner, he can’t really hurt me. It’s a good thing I’ve played him before, in Brisbane when he made that run to the semis.
I managed to get up 2-love and 40-15 and he beat me 6-4 6-2. I learnt from that. He’s a tough first round, but it’s a winnable match for me. It’s not one of those big names, like a big seed.”