Tomic out of Wimbledon juniors
Kuznetsov won a tight second-set tiebreak to upset the No.3 seed 6-3 7-6(6).
The crucial moment of the match came when Kuznetsov grabbed a mini-break on Tomic’s serve to set up match point, leading to a rally that lasted 45 strokes as both players refused to give up.
When Tomic netted a backhand, Kuznetsov dropped to his knees on the baseline, his head in his hands, before rising to his feet and grinning with delight.
Earlier, Tomic – who also reached the junior semifinals at the All England Club last year – had shrugged off suggestions he was under pressure as the future of Australian men’s tennis.
Australia had only one man in the singles draw at Wimbledon for the first time in the Open era this year with Lleyton Hewitt, who made a quarterfinal exit at the hands of No.6 seed Andy Roddick.
“No one could put more pressure on me than I can on myself,” Tomic said on Thursday.
“It’s difficult going through all these phases. I came close in the qualifying and I missed out by a round. I had a chance to win that match.
“I was happy with the way I played in qualifying. It gave me a lot of confidence … but the next few years there’s going to be ups and downs.
“I’m not going to make it in six months to the top hundred but it will be definitely hopefully in the next two or three years as I get stronger.”
The 2008 Australian Open junior champion has moved to the United States to work at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida as he strives to improve his ranking from his current position at No.354.
The Gold Coast teenager stunned the tennis world at the Australian Open in January when, as a wildcard entrant, he was the youngest player to reach the second round of a Grand Slam.
He was then handed a wildcard to the main draw of the French Open but made a quick first-round exit.