Tomic relieved to reach third round
Exciting Australian teenage prospect Bernard Tomic has advanced to the third round of the US Open junior championship with a hard-earned three-set win over American Alexander Domijan.
The third-seeded Tomic rallied for a 4-6 7-5 6-1 victory on the Louis Armstrong Stadium show court at Flushing Meadows on Thursday (AEST).
Tomic says he’s both pleased and relieved to be still alive in the tournament after struggling to play his best tennis in the blustery conditions.
“Yeah, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” he said.
“I was six or seven points away from losing leading into that comeback so to win, which I didn’t think I could, I was really happy. I knew if I got into that third set, it would go my way.
“I get into these matches now and I sort of push the balls and not hit it 100 per cent and these guys come in and they want to beat me, and it’s a bit difficult after that when you start rallying.
“If I start playing my game and execute like I did in the third, I’m pretty sure I can get through comfortably.
“But sometimes it’s going to be difficult.”
Seeking a second junior grand slam crown after winning the 2008 Australian Open title at just 15 years old, Tomic next plays Swede Tobias Blomgren for a berth in the quarter-finals.
“For me, the draw I had was a tough one and every match now is going to get tougher,” Tomic said.
“If I don’t play good tennis, I’m going to go out. But I’ll try to play well.
“If I get to the quarters here, something I haven’t done in the past few years, after that, I think I can prove I can play good.”