Bernard Tomic’s captivating Australian Open run has come to an end after losing in straight sets to World No. 3 Roger Federer.
Not yet 20 years of age, Tomic complied three fantastic wins to advance to the tournament’s fourth round, but playing against arguably the world’s greatest ever tennis player Tomic couldn’t maintain the magic, losing 6-4 6-2 6-2.
Federer broke Tomic’s serve six times and served 13 aces in a dominant performance and will now face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals, his 1000th career match.
Tomic bows out but will better off for the experience. His play in front of the how crowd this year was truly impressive and he looks to be a future Grand Slam winner.
In an interview prior to the tournament, Tomic told reporters that he believed he could beat any player outside of the World Top-Four- Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray- and now believes he’s 18 months away from reaching their level.
The departure of Tomic leaves Lleyton Hewitt as the only Australian remaining in the tournament and he will play World No. 1 Djokovic today, a match that even the most die-hard Australian tennis fan would find difficult to be optimistic about. Hewitt’s play has been good, but he is a shell of his former self and would need to be at his 2001-03 form to knock the Serbian off.
Nadal, the World No. 2, also claimed a straight sets victory over fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 6-4 6-4 6-2, and moves into the final eight.
Nadal has now won nine of the 11 meetings between the pair and will face Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, an opponent Nadal has an excellent track record against.
In the ladies event, World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 3 Victoria Azarenka and World No. 11 Kim Clijsters each won to advance to the quarterfinals.
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