26TH Feb 2009

Bernard beats Reid at Maccabi

Bernard plays a backhand against Matt Reid.

Bernard plays a backhand against Matt Reid.

Rob O’Gorman

Bernard has moved into the quarterfinals of the Maccabi Men’s Challenger with a win over Matt Reid at East Bentleigh today.

Reid, who will head to Thailand next week as a hitting partner with the Optus Australian Davis Cup team, secured an early break to race to a 4-2 lead in the first set.

The 16 year old Tomic managed to break back and level at 4-4 before taking the set in a tiebreak 7-6(3).

He then raced away to take the second set 6-1 and secure his place in the last eight of the USD$50,000 event.

Tomic said he knew if he could break back and force the first set into a tiebreak he had a good chance of winning the set and the match.

“I’ve played about 10 tiebreaks this year and I don’t think I’ve lost one so that’s a good sign,” he told tennis.com.au

“I needed that break back, which I got, so I was really happy I got through that first set.”

“I played pretty good in the second set and it [the win] has given me a lot of confidence.”

The teenager will play either Japanese top seed Go Soeda or Toshihide Matsui , also from Japan, in the quarterfinals.

It will be Tomic’s second consecutive appearance in a quarterfinal of a Challenger tournament after he reached the same stage in Burnie two weeks ago.

“I’ve played [Toshihide] Mitsuhashi before and beat him in Burnie 6-3 in the third so I’ll hope that he gets through but if not I’ll have to play the No.1 seed,” he said.

“Hopefully I can go well in a few more matches but I’ve got to look first at tomorrow because it’s a tough match whoever gets through.”

In other results, second seed Danai Udomchoke also advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Aussie Sadik Kadir.

He will play the winner of the Marinko Matosevic and Matthew Ebden match, which is due to be played on Thursday afternoon.

Latest Result

Italian Open, R64
Benoit Paire DEFEATED Bernard Tomic 2-1 (RET) see previous results