Tomic bundled out at Eastbourne

By on June 21, 2013


Out … Bernard Tomic’s run at Eastbourne ends in the quarter-finals to Gilles Simon. Source: Michel Euler / AFP

Bernard Tomic’s run at the grass-court event in Eastbourne ended with a quarter-final loss to second seed Gilles Simon on Thursday.

Tomic missed out on reaching a first semi-final since winning his maiden title in Sydney in January as he fell 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 to the Frenchman.

Despite the defeat, 20-year-old Tomic will take encouragement from his performance at Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon next week.

He posted back-to-back wins for the first time since February and was not seriously hampered by a hamstring injury suffered during a first-round French Open loss.

With his father and coach John Tomic watching on again from the stands, the world No.64 started brightly as he won his opening service game to love.

Neither player was seriously troubled on serve for most of the set, although a few low-flying seagulls proved a nuisance on a cool evening in the seaside town on England’s south coast.

Tomic missed a great chance to steal the set when he faced two set points up 5-4 on Simon’s serve.

The Frenchman rallied back and broke the next game but Tomic dug deep to break back send the set into a tiebreak.

The Australian fought back from 5-1 down before Simon clinched the set

Simon was leading 4-1 in the second set when rain forced a brief delay but he needed only another 10 minutes to wrap up victory when play resumed

World No.17 Simon will face Italian seventh seed Andreas Seppi in the semi-finals while Croatian Ivan Dodig meets Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on the other side of the draw

The defeat ended Australian involvement at the tournament after Samantha Stosur and Marinko Matosevic lost in the earlier rounds.

Meanwhile, Australia will field its largest men’s singles contingent at Wimbledon in a decade next week after Matt Reid and James Duckworth booked spots in the main draw through qualifying.

The New South Welshmen completed successful qualifying campaigns at Roehampton on Wednesday to join Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt, Marinko Matosevic and wild card Matt Ebden at the grass-court grand slam.

The last time Australia had six men in the singles at Wimbledon was in 2003.

It’s a far different story in the women’s draw, where Australia will have only one representative for the first time since 1950.

Casey Dellacqua was the last hope to join 14th seed Samantha Stosur in the field but she she lost to German Carina Witthoeft 5-7 6-3 6-4 at Roehampton on Thursday.

Ashleigh Barty, Anastasia Rodionova, Olivia Rogowska and Sacha Jones also missed out on qualification. | Tennis

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