27TH Feb 2009

Tomic to tackle Klein in semifinal

Bernard plays at the Maccabi Men's Challenger.

Bernard plays at the Maccabi Men's Challenger

Rob O’Gorman

Bernard has reached his first Challenger semifinal after downing Japan’s Jun Mitsuhashi today at the Maccabi Men’s Challenger.

The semifinals will be an all Australian affair after Marinko Matosevic, Colin Ebelthite and Brydan Klein also won through to the last four at East Bentleigh today.

Tomic survived a huge scare against Mitsuhashi, losing the first set 6-2 and falling behind a break in the second.

Mitsuhashi served for the match at 6-5 but Tomic broke back to force it into a tiebreak, which he managed to win 7-5.

It was one-way traffic in the final set, with Tomic racing away to a 6-1 victory to advance to an intriguing semifinal match-up with Brydan Klein.

Tomic said he was excited about playing Klein, who has been named in Australia’s four-man Optus Davis Cup team to take on Thailand next week.

“I’m looking forward to playing him [Klein]. It will be a good match and a really good test,” he told tennis.com.au.

Klein also fought back from a set down against Slovakian Ivo Klec to extend his winning streak to 13 matches.

After losing the first 4-6, the West Australian hit back to take the second 6-4 before closing it out 6-2.

Marinko Matosevic was also extremely impressive with a 6-1 6-0 demolition of second seed Danai Udomchoke.

The world No.283 was too good for the higher-ranked Udomchoke, who will spearhead Thailand’s charge against Australia in Bangkok next week.

In a re-match of the Orange Grove Berri International final, Matosevic will face Colin Ebelthite in the semifinals on Saturday.

Ebelthite, who is the No.4 seed, today registered a solid 6-4 6-2 win over Nick Lindahl.

Prior to last week’s loss, Ebelthite was unbeaten against Matosevic in four previous meetings.

The South Australian said he had played well all week and was confident he could reverse the Berri loss this time around.

“He served well [in Berri] and grass is not my favourite surface but he served well and took his chances,” he said.

“I’ve just got to try and play my game, if I can play well I give myself a good chance.”

The semifinals commence at midday tomorrow.

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