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Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic broke a 16-year Australian drought to reach the quarterfinals of the ATP Tour event in Munich.

Both dominated their opening sets, lost the second in tiebreakers and recovered in the third to record fighting second-round victories. The fifth-seeded Tomic beat Potito Starace of Italy 6-1 6-7(4) 6-3 to make his first career quarterfinal on clay, while Matosevic defeated fellow qualifier Robert Farah of Colombia 6-1 6-7(2) 6-2 in his maiden event on the surface. The duo’s progress marks the first time in 16 years two Australians have made the quarterfinals of an ATP claycourt tournament. Back in 1996, Jason Stoltenberg won the Coral Springs title in Florida, while fellow Australians Sandon Stolle and Michael Tebbutt also made the last eight.

Tomic was down a break of serve at the start of the final set before peeling off six of the last seven games to prevail over Starace in just over two hours. “I played very well in the first set and had chances to be up early in that second set,” said Tomic. “I think that could have made a difference to not play three sets. He started playing good in the third and I was down a break, so it was good for me to get back and I played well in the end. “My claycourt game has struggled in the past few years. Now, to win back-to-back matches at the same tournament is huge for me so I’m going to keep going and hopefully next round I can win too.” Tomic next goes against Feliciano Lopez, the second-seeded Spaniard who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-4 7-6(4). Matosevic plays German fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-5 6-3. Kohlschreiber and Lopez had byes into the second round.

In the other quarter-finals, third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia plays sixth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus meets Tommy Haas of Germany.



Aussies too strong for China as they go ahead 2-0 with victories by Tomic and Hewitt.

Australia leads China 2-0 in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Zone One tie at Geelong, following a straight sets victory by Bernard Tomic over Wu Di today. The Aussie young gun was tested by world No.502 Wu, but pulled out a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-3 victory in windy conditions. “One day I hopefully can win the Davis Cup,” Tomic said, appreciative of the sell-out Geelong crowd, who at times referred to him as ‘Saint Bernard.’ In the first singles rubber, Lleyton Hewitt defeated China’s No.1 Zhang Ze representative 6-2 6-1 7-6, and will now hope to seal the tie when he steps out on Saturday with doubles partner Chris Guccione against Zhang Ze and Li Zhe. Following his victory over Zhang – which began easily and ended in a tussle – Hewitt warned that Wu Di was a far better player than his 500-ranking suggested. “Di Wu is the best 500 player I’ve ever seen,” Hewitt said. Added Australian Captain Patrick Rafter following Tomic’s victory: “They [the Chinese players] don’t get out of the country as much as they probably should. If they did that they’d be around the 200 mark at least.” Struggling with his returns, Tomic fell behind 3-0 in the second set of his match, but lifted his intensity enough to edge Wu with his deceptively low-angled slices, drop shots and deep ground strokes. How did Wu describe the experience of playing the young Wimbledon quarterfinalist? “He’s very cerebral player,” Wu said through an interpreter.

Tomic said the wind had messed with his rhythm, while Rafter believed the most difficult aspect of the rubber was for the world No.36 to mentally stay in a match he was expected to win easily. “Bernie more than anything struggled mentally,” said Rafter. “I know he’s hitting the ball well. It’s hard for him to get up sometimes for these sort of matches because he is playing someone he knows he should beat and he’s clearly a better player. To close that out he kept his mind together and that was the one thing I was proud of him, he probably didn’t play the prettiest tennis … but he found a way to win.” Rafter admitted the Australian side had been in several tight spots today, but were in no mood to drop a rubber. “He [Wu] put Bernie under a bit of pressure there for a while, if Bernie didn’t go with him he would have found himself in a tough four, five set match and I didn’t really want that, I wanted to be two nil up. That’s what we expected, that’s what we wanted on day one and we’ll try to close out tomorrow,” said Rafter.

A doubles victory for the home side on Saturday would propel them into a second zonal tie against either Chinese Taipei or Korea, with the winner progressing to a World Group play-off in September.



Tomic’s girlfriend Donay Meijer has shelved her own lucrative career dreams to support her man.

Tomic's girlfriend

The Gold Coast stunner has revealed she is happy to take a back seat to beau Bernard Tomic while he pursues his Australian Open dream. The 21-year-old who has put her promising modelling career on hold while she completes her pharmacy degree, said she would stay in the background to help Tomic concentrate on his grand slam campaign.

“I’m happy to just support Bernard in any way I can, I am happy for the focus to be on his tennis.” Tall, tanned and willowy, Donay has turned heads whenever she has appeared on Tomic’s arm or close by when he is on court.

The pair, who started dating about six months ago after meeting through friends, have made a glamour couple at the 2012 Open.



Bernard Tomic has scored one of the biggest Grand Slam wins of his career with a five-set win over Alexandr Dolgopolov. Next up, Roger Federer!

The 19-year-old overturned a lopsided win-loss record against the Ukrainian with the 4-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-3 victory, setting up a blockbuster fourth-round showdown with four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer in what will be the Swiss maestro’s 1,000th career match. Tomic began brightly on a packed Rod Laver Arena, gaining a break and skipping out to a 4-2 lead. From that point Dolgopolov flicked a switch, ramping up his level to reel off four straight games and take the set. When Tomic went down a break early in the second set, he looked to be in dire straits. But foreshadowing the topsy-turvy nature of this contest, the young Aussie broke back and eventually found himself with a set point in the 12th game leading 30-40. Although he was unable to convert, when the set eventually progressed to a tiebreak, it was one-way traffic. Buoyed by his vocal home crowd, Tomic romped through the breaker without dropping a point to square the match at a set apiece. The Ukrainian responded strongly, establishing a 3-0 in a perfect start to the third set. It progressed on serve to another tiebreaker, which this time around was a much closer affair. Tomic gained an early mini-break, only to double-fault it away. Tomic reached a set point which Dolgopolov erased with an ace, but the Ukrainian then committed two consecutive groundstroke errors – one each on forehand and backhand – to hand the 19-year-old a two-sets-to-one lead.

But as the story of the night went, this was far from over. Shrugging off the disappointment of his collapse at the end of the third set, Dolgopolov broke serve to lead 3-2 in the fourth, only to then call for the trainer and receive treatment on his lower back and right buttock. Whatever the trainer did, it worked. Dolgopolov appeared to move freely and held to love to consolidate the break, and despite receiving more treatment at the next change of ends, wrapped up the set without the loss of another game.

And so to the fifth. It was Dolgopolov’s third straight match to go the distance at Australian Open 2012, and the second time Tomic had been stretched to five this week. If they were fatigued, they did a great job of masking it. The crowd’s involvement seemed to err the visitor on, and facing a 0-1, 0-30 deficit, he responded with a flurry of winners to level scores. Yet it was Tomic who struck the first blow of the set, coming out on top of an intriguing cat-and-mouse point by smashing a winner before going on to break serve. Casually rolling an off-forehand into the open court just minutes later, the local had quickly built a 4-1 lead. Dolgopolov kept himself alive with an immediate service hold, but when Tomic smacked a running forehand winner midway through the seventh game before holding for a 5-2 lead, it appeared he’d dealt the Ukrainian a crushing psychological blow.

Yet faced with the biggest win of his short Grand Slam career, Tomic did not flinch. He put away a tricky inside-out forehand and then reached match point when Dolgopolov erred on his own forehand. After missing his first opportunity, he sealed a famous victory when the Ukrainian floated a backhand long.



Americans Querrey & Fish stumble at the 2012 Aussie Open.


Mardy Fish became the highest men’s seed to fall so far at the Australian Open when he was upset by Alejandro Falla on Wednesday. The eighth-seeded American produced an error-strewn display as he went down 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 7-6 (8/6). Having lost the first set on a tie-break, Fish became distracted by Falla’s use of the trainer – controversially it looked like the treatment was for cramps – and a solitary break handed the world number 71 a two-set lead. Fish rallied in the third, coming from a break down to force a tie-break he simply had to win. However, it was Falla, best known previously for blowing a two-set lead against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2010, who made the running in the breaker. He blew his first two match points – the first with a nervy double fault – but when a third chance arrived Fish sent a backhand volley wide to give the Colombian a fine win. Fish admitted afterwards he “didn’t play great”.

Bernard Tomic delighted the home fans at the Australian Open on Wednesday with victory over Sam Querrey. In what was always a closely-contested match, the Aussie number one emerged a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 victor under the lights of the Rod Laver Arena. Things did not start well for the home hope as Querrey won the only break point of the first set to claim it in just 24 minutes. Seven of Querrey’s 22 aces came in that opening set, but having had a good look at his booming serve, Tomic began to get a read on it. He hit back by taking the second, breaking serve twice, but the match hinged on the third-set tie-break. Tomic palyed some sparkling stuff in it to move ahead for the first time and as Querrey’s errors mounted so did his challenge. An error-strewn eighth game in the fourth set cost him dearly and he handed it away with a double fault when break point down. Tomic duly served out and he will now face another of the ATP’s rising stars, Alexandr Dolgopolov, in the last 32.





Bernard Tomic came back from two sets down to beat 22nd seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the first round of the Australian Open.

Australia's Bernard Tomic

Tomic prevailed 4-6 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 7-5 after four hours and 11 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena. Juan Martin del Potro powered back from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino, while world number two Rafael Nadal beat Alex Kuznetsov 6-4 6-1 6-1. Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish and Nicolas Almagro also triumphed.

Ten-time grand slam champion Nadal wrapped up victory in just one hour and 46 minutes, with six breaks of his opponent’s service. He also conceded only two break-point opportunities against the 167th-ranked American throughout the three sets. The Spanish second seed, who played with his right knee bandaged, will face German Tommy Haas in the second round.

Tomic, who won the AAMI Kooyong Classic build-up event, described his match against the Spaniard as “torture” after what was only his third five-set match. But the 19-year-old dug deep in the sweltering heat to take the match to a decider, finally breaking the weary Spaniard in the 11th game of the final set to serve for the match. Tomic will play Sam Querrey in the second round after the American beat wild card Kenny de Schepper in straight sets. Meanwhile, Del Potro powered back from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino to maintain his record of never having lost an opening-round match in seven visits to Melbourne. The 2009 US Open champion, seeded 11th, made a poor start but later showed signs of top form to win 2-6 6-1 7-5 6-4 and seal a meeting with Blaz Kavcic.

Elsewhere, 18th seed Feliciano Lopez overcame Leonardo Mayer and next plays Flavio Cipolla of Italy, a five-set winner against former world number three Nikolay Davydenko. Another upset saw Ivo Karlovic hit 24 aces en route to a 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 6-3 victory over 31st seed Jurgen Melzer.



Bernard Tomic claimed his first title with a 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory over Mardy Fish in the final of the Kooyong Classic.


The Australian teenager, who reached the semi-finals in the Brisbane International last week before going down to eventual champion Andy Murray, claimed the first set comfortably after racing out to a 4-0 lead. Although Fish rallied to level, the 19-year-old held his nerve in the decider, breaking in the last game; he sealed victory on the first of two match points. “I’ve never lifted a trophy before at this level,” said Tomicm after his triumph at what is technically an exhibition event. “I’m proud to have my name on a trophy like this. “It’s a good feeling and one that I’ll always treasure. Hopefully this will help me do well at the Australian Open.” Tomic’s success makes him the youngest player to ever win the event. It is also the perfect preparation for the start of the Australian Open, where he will meet experienced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first round. “I want to do as well as I can at the Open. There’s a lot of pressure. but maybe once – perhaps not this year – I can win that title,” he added.

Fish had won the first two meetings of the pair but was also beaten by Tomic last autumn in Shanghai. “I enjoyed this week, Bernard is playing great tennis,” said the American, ranked number eight in the world. “This is the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.”

Meanwhile, Austria’s Jurgen Melzer claimed third place in the tournament with a 6-3 6-7 (10/12) 6-2 win over Frenchman Gael Monfils.




“It was a good match and I played solid … but Andy played much better than me and that’s why he is where he is.

With Ivan Lendl in his corner for the first time, Andy Murray ruthlessly ended Tomic’s career-best charge at the Brisbane International 6-3 6-2 in 70 minutes. The Gold Coast teenager started brightly on Pat Rafter Arena as he looked all the measure of the most dangerous young challenger on the tour – producing drop shots, lobs and trips to the net that all struck gold. He didn’t lose a point on serve as the score ticked over to 3-all. But as impressive as his first 18 minutes were, the next 18 were in stark contrast as Murray lifted a gear, took complete control and booked a place in Sunday’s final against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. “I thought it was going to be a piece of cake – I thought it was going to be easy,” Tomic laughed sheepishly. “It turned around.

“If you look at it he beat Roger (Federer) in the Masters series final 6-3 6-3 so you can’t be harsh on yourself, he just played really good.” Despite the loss, Tomic’s world ranking will rise from 42 to a career-high 37 before he plays at the Kooyong Classic this week. On the basis of their first meeting, Murray tipped the numbers will just keep getting lower for the Wimbledon quarter-finalist. He’s going to be good, there’s no question, you just never know how good,” he said. “It depends on the body, it depends how hard you work and also a little bit of luck. “He’s got a big frame and he’s a big guy and so once he fills out and gets stronger he’s going to be even tougher so he’s got a good future for sure.”

Last year’s Australian Open finalist had new coach Lendl in his box for the first time and now looks over the niggles that plagued him at the start of the week to be in top shape for his tilt at the Australian Open. Tomic wasn’t helped by a minor toe injury, but world No.15 Dolgopolov had to overcome a bigger injury concern as he dug deep to defeat French second seed Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4. The 23-year-old, coached by South Australian resident Jack Reader, feared the worst when he tweaked his groin at the start of the second set and was set to retire. But an out-of-form Simon let the 23-year-old off the hook by not making him work harder for each point and the pain subsided. “The first game it was hurting so hard after I pulled it that I thought I would finish in a few games,” admitted Dolgopolov, who declared himself fit for the final.



Federer ties the Davis Cup series for Switzerland.

Australia gave themselves a fighting chance of returning to the Davis Cup World Group after splitting their singles matches with Switzerland on Friday but will wonder what could have been after Lleyton Hewitt eyed off an improbable victory over Roger Federer. Rising star Bernard Tomic started the tie in style with a four-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka before the unlikely started to look possible with Hewitt a set and a break up over the 16-time Grand Slam champion. But class prevailed in the second singles match as Federer fought his way back from 3-1 down to claim a 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2 6-3 victory. Hewitt has little to be unhappy about though, his spirited play rendering his world ranking of No.199 meaningless and the former world No.1 will fancy his chances against the disappointing Wawrinka on Sunday.

The Swiss No.2 had started brightly against Tomic, mixing up his play and even managing a number of successful forays to the net. But the lanky Tomic loosened up after the first set, playing the kind of grasscourt tennis that took him to the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year. His mix of touch, flat shots and moments of pure power nullified anything the world No.19 could come up with and the 18-year-old registered a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3 win.

Much will now hinge on Saturday’s doubles match with Hewitt and Chris Guccione slated to to play Federer and Wawrinka.



Tomic & Fish are out of their depths in the first of today’s matches.


Nadal’s match against Fish is the second match on Court One, with Bernard Tomic and Novak Djokovic getting the action underway. That match will see the master take on his apprentice, with Djokovic having taken the 18-year-old Australian under his wing and used him as a regular practice partner. “Novak is a champion,” Tomic said. “He’s obviously won grand slams before. My relationship is really good with him. I’ve hit with him a lot of times. He’s a cool guy – one of the nicest guys on the tour.”

Rafael Nadal will not suffer a repeat of the foot injury that hampered him during his fourth-round victory over Juan Martin Del Potro. World No.1 Nadal suffered the problem to his left foot at the start of clash, leaving the Spaniard fearing his tournament was over. A scan, though, revealed only minor swelling of a tendon in the foot, rather than the broken bone that Nadal had feared, and Dr Ignacio Munoz of the Spanish Tennis Federation believes the problem will not resurface in the quarter-final meeting with Mardy Fish. “There is no risk in him playing,” Munoz said. “You can see that he is training quite normally. I don’t think he will have any problems.”



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