25
Jun
11

Robin Soderling fell victim to the highest-profile surprise of the men’s draw so far as he lost 6-1 6-4 7-5 to Australian teenager Bernard Tomic.

Robin Soderling

The Swede, a quarter-finalist in 2010, appeared to be suffering from dizziness as he lost the opener in 17 minutes. Tomic, 18, kept firing groundstrokes as he secured the solitary break in the fifth game of the second set. The upset was complete when the qualifier broke late on in the third before holding his nerve to serve out.

“I had to play very well to win,” said Tomic in the wake of his victory. “It is probably the greatest achievement of my career so far, I’m really happy. “I looked very calm but inside I was bursting. I could see he was getting frustrated and I knew I just had to stay calm.” Tomic, whose best previous run in a Grand Slam ended in a third-round defeat to world number one Rafael Nadal at the 2011 Australian Open, will play either Jurgen Melzer or Xavier Malisse in the last 16.

Tomic began the tournament 153 ranking places adrift of Soderling, but the gap is certain to close after a crowd-pleasing win on Court One.

 

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