02ND Jul 2009

Tomic’s confidence grows

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Bernard Tomic is growing in confidence after his comfortable straight sets third-round win over Britain’s Tom Farquharson in the Wimbledon Boys’ Singles Championships.

The 16-year-old from Queensland’s Gold Coast defeated Farquharson, who was the only British player left in the boy’s draw, 6-3 6-4 in just over one hour on Wednesday.

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Tomic, who is the No.3 seed and reached the juniors’ semifinal in 2008, looked relaxed throughout the match while the Briton struggled with a series of unforced errors.

He next faces German No.9 seed Dominik Schulz in the quarterfinals.

Schulz defeated Tomic in their only previous clash in the third round of the French Open juniors in June.

But Tomic says while he has not dropped a set throughout the tournament so far, his best tennis is yet to come and he is confident he can overcome the German in their quarterfinal clash and march toward the final.

“I could,” Tomic said when asked if he could improve on his 2008 performance and make the final.

“I’ve got to face a player now I lost to in the French Open.

“But this is not his favourite surface.

“It’s my favourite surface this one as well as hard court so I think I’ve got a better chance than him.”

Tomic enjoyed an early break in the first set to go 3-1 ahead and then held serve to wrap up the set.

The second set was a similar affair, with Tomic breaking Farquharson in the third game.

With three match points up his sleeve, Tomic finished off the match when the Briton misfired a backhand return into the net.

“I didn’t play my best tennis but I served really well, which was good and I managed to not get broken the whole match which was a benefit for me,” Tomic said.

“So far I haven’t lost a set, which is good in this tournament, and if I can keep going it will be good.”

The schoolboy is the only Australian remaining in the juniors draw at the All England club.

He caused a sensation at the Australian Open in January when he made his grand slam debut in the men’s draw and made it through to the second round before losing to world No.87 Gilles Muller.

At the French Open, Tomic was given a wildcard entry to make his debut in the men’s draw.

He was the youngest competitor at the 2009 claycourt tournament but lost his first round match in straight sets to world No.31 Philipp Kohlschreiber before competing in the juniors.

Tomic, whose ranking has soared by more than 400 places this year to No.354, came close to qualifying for the men’s draw at Wimbledon but was bundled out in the third round.

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