Wimbledon 2013: How Far Can Bernard Tomic Go?

At the halfway point of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships let’s review the performance of current World No.59 Bernard Tomic.
Tomic has made it through to the fourth round where he will play 7th seed Tomas Berdych on Monday 1st July.
To get to this stage Tomic defeated two seeded players Sam Querrey (21st seed) in the first round in five sets and Richard Gasquet (9th seed) in the third round in four sets. In the second round Tomic defeated former world number four James Blake in straight sets.

Tomic has never played Berdych in an ATP or Grand Slam tournament so it will be interesting to see how they match up against each other. Physically there is nothing to separate them as they are both listed as being 196cm and 91kg on their ATP profiles.
If Tomic is successful against Berdych he will face the winner of World No.1 Novak Djokovic and Tommy Haas (13th seed). Although these players are ranked higher than Tomic he beat both men in this year’s Hopman Cup in Perth. Beating Haas 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 and Djokovic 6-4, 6-4.
In events that carry ATP points (the Hopman Cup doesn’t) Tomic has played Haas twice with a 1-1 record. Their only meeting on grass was in Halle, Germany in 2012 when Tomic retired in the first set. Djokovic has a 3-0 record against Tomic in ATP events. Their only match on grass was in the quarterfinals of 2011 Wimbledon Championships which Djokovic won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Should Tomic make it to the semi-finals he’ll face the winner of David Ferrer (4thseed)/Ivan Dodig and Andreas Seppi (23rd seed)/Juan Martin Del Potro (8th seed). Although many top seeds went out in the early rounds, there isn’t an easy route to the final in Tomic’s part of the draw.
Tomic first played in the main draw at Wimbledon in 2010. Having won through three rounds of qualifying Tomic lost to Mardy Fish in the first round.
2011 is Tomic’s best performance at a Grand Slam event to date where he made it via qualifying through to the quarterfinals where he lost to Djokovic as mentioned above. This run to the quarterfinals along with Tomic’s victory in the 2013 APIA International Sydney rank as his best performances to date.
In 2012 David Goffin defeated Tomic in the first round 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
A special thanks to our Guest Tennis Writer Melinda Samson who has prepared this for us. You can keep up with Melinda via her tennis website www.grandslamgal.com and on Twitter @GrandSlamGal – thanks Melinda! 🙂

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