Tomic targets more Wimbledon success

By on June 23, 2013

Bernard Tomic

History repeating … Bernard Tomic’s Wimbledon draw resembles that from his 2011 quarter-final run. Source: AFP

With an eerily similar draw, Bernard Tomic is drawing on memories of his run to the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finals as he targets another surprise showing at the grass-court grand slam.

Tomic looked to have left his injury woes, and the dramas surrounding his father and coach John, behind him in an encouraging performance at the lead-up event in Eastbourne.

Posting back-to-back wins for the first time since February has raised hopes the world No.64 can let his tennis do the talking again.

Tomic’s greatest achievement to date is reaching the last eight at the All England Club as an 18-year-old in 2011, before going down to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

He’s received a tough draw for this year’s event, starting on Monday, but one not dissimilar to that he faced two years ago.

Just as he met a seeded player in the first round in 2011 in Nikolay Davydenko, Tomic will have to overcome big-serving American Sam Querrey, the 21st seed on Tuesday.

He’ll then likely need to topple top-10 seeds Richard Gasquet (ninth) and Tomas Berdych (seventh) in the ensuing rounds, as he did in upsetting fifth seed Robin Soderling two years ago.

And again, world No.1 Djokovic would await him in the quarter-finals, should he get there.

After winning his maiden title at the ATP event in Sydney in January, Tomic has not endured a happy 2013.

But all is forgotten when he thinks back to the magical run in 2011.

“It’s an amazing feeling when I look back to that tournament,” Tomic said.

“If I can relax and my leg holds up well and I have fun and play good tennis, I think I can do very well.

“You’ve just got to get through those first few rounds and that determines how well you’re feeling, how we’ll you’re playing, and I’ve got a bit of confidence now so hopefully I can use it.”

Tomic is still battling a hamstring injury suffered during a first-round French Open loss, but he’s confident the problem won’t threaten his campaign.

Like Tomic, Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt faces a tough opening encounter against a seeded player, Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka.

The 11th seed holds a 2-1 record over Hewitt, including a five-set win in Davis Cup two years ago.

Wildcard Matt Ebden opens against Japanese 12th seed Kei Nishikori, Marinko Matosevic plays France’s Guillaume Rufin, while qualifiers Matt Reid (Radek Stepanek) and James Duckworth (Denis Kudla) also have tough draws.

Samantha Stosur, the sole Australian women’s representative, faces Slovakian lucky loser Anna Schmiedlova, who was beaten in the final round of qualifying but promoted to the main draw because of a withdrawal. | Tennis

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