Aussie number one a tonic for Tomic
Bernard Tomic said he was relishing the prospect of being Australia's top player after the teenager eclipsed his compatriots at Wimbledon.sports Updated: Jun 25, 2011 16:04 IST
Bernard Tomic said he was relishing the prospect of being Australia's top player after the teenager eclipsed his compatriots at Wimbledon.
Tomic made it into the third round at the All England Club and the ranking points accumulated are set to push him clear of former world number one Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic.
"It's a good feeling," the 18-year-old said. "I haven't really focused on that too much. I know the ranking will come if I win, especially if I win another match.
"But I'm just going to focus on this and see where my ranking is after the tournament."
Tomic has had an excellent run at the All England Club. Having come through the qualifiers, he knocked out Russian 20th seed Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets in round one.
He followed that up by defeating another Russian, Igor Andreev 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.
The world number 158 was next to play Swedish fifth seed Robin Soderling -- who came back from two sets down to beat 2002 Wimbledon champion Hewitt in round two.
"The second time to be in a third round of a Grand Slam for me; first time here at Wimbledon third round. I'm really happy.
"Maybe I should have lost in qualifying first round. Just tells you sometimes when you win a match anything can happen. I'm happy the way I pushed forward, and especially in this last match."
Tomic, who is coached by his father John, revealed he was taking advice from former world number one Pat Rafter, Australia's Davis Cup captain.
"It's good to get advice from Pat. He was a great player. He obviously did really well here and he's won slams. Any advice from a player like that is good," he said.
"Pat's starting to get a bit involved now. My dad is still coaching me. That's good. I think this is going to be Pat's first time in Davis Cup that I'm going to be involved.
"I'm happy that he's in. He's a really nice guy. He's got a lot to offer to the team."
Tomic said he had no fear in taking on Soderling and would be seeking out advice from Hewitt before Saturday's match.
"Hopefully he's not going to like the way I play. But he can hit you off the court, as he's done the last few years. He's beaten a lot guys very easily," Tomic said.
"Lleyton put a lot balls on the court, and Soderling at times didn't play as hard. I think the lower the ball for Soderling, he can't really execute his power on the shots.
"I can come out and I can put a lot balls low; sure, he can miss everything or he can wipe me off the court in 30 minutes in a set.
"I probably can serve a little bit better than Lleyton at this stage. I'm serving really good, so if I can hold my serve, anything can happen."
First Published: Jun 25, 2011 16:02 IST