Tomic Tanking? Roddick’s Win Brings Controversy

A young star loses in ugly fashion.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Andy Roddick cruised past Australian teen sensation Bernard Tomic in their second round matchup at the US Open in what will go down as another ugly incident for the Aussie.

Roddick won 6-3 6-4 6-0, but it was Tomic’s style of play that drew criticism from a tennis great before he found himself in a spat with journalist.

Tennis great John McEnroe labelled Tomic’s performance as a "tank job", something Tomic wouldn’t dismiss.

When Tomic lost the final set in just 21 minutes after having won a mere five points, McEnroe went to town on the 19-year-old.

"Tomic is teeing it up. It looks like the tank job," McEnroe said.

"This is a shame. You don't like to see this. I like to see Andy win but, other than that, it's poor."

"A well-deserved beating."

Tomic’s response upon hearing McEnroe’s comments was, "Well, I think he's probably right. I couldn't get the racquet on the ball.

"Andy was playing I think really good at the net, coming into the net.

"Every time I wanted to pass him, he ended up hitting a half volley winner or a volley winner.  He was on top of me the whole match.  I can't complain.  The whole match was his way from start to finish pretty much."

An Australian tennis reporter later told Tomic that the crowd weren’t very pleased with the youngster’s effort, or lack thereof, to which Tomic demanded the journalists name before telling the man he’d remember him.

Tomic was caught up in a speeding scandal earlier this year when he accused police of targeting him because of his public standing. In 2009, Tomic walked off the court during a match he was losing in Australia.

Former world No.1 Roddick, who announced his retirement the day before, used the win to set up a third round meeting with Italian Fabio Fognini.