Tomic downs Ginepri
Australian young gun Bernard Tomic’s Australian Open preparation is off to a flying start after he beat former world No.15 Robby Ginepri at the World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide.
The 17-year-old Tomic and former US Open quarter-finalist Ginepri fought a close match but the Aussie was too good, winning the first set in a tie break 7-4 before taking out the second set 6-4.
Last year Tomic made it to the second round at Melbourne Park and he is hoping to go further in 2010.
Ginepri is a handy scalp for Tomic to take in his budding career, with the American the winner of three ATP titles.
“I’d definitely like to do better than I did last year,” Tomic told AAP.
“I played well, I knew what I had to do against him.
Ginepri said Tomic was a player to watch, but was keen to play down the significance of the loss in the exhibition event.
“It’s an exhibition, so I don’t know how much people consider a win in these things – they take it with a grain of salt probably,” he said.
“But any time you get a win it’s a good thing and I’m sure he’s been working hard.
“He’s definitely a young talent and he’s going to be someone who I’m going to keep my eye out for.”
Currently ranked No.291, Tomic has his sights set on climbing by about 100 spots by the end of the year.
“If I don’t do well now in the Open I could end up back in the five or six hundreds but if I do well we’ll see,” he said.
“I’m aiming for the top 150 … I know I can do it, it’s just a matter of me staying healthy during the year.
“I know I can beat these guys, it’s just a matter of how good I can be on the day.”
In the other match, Czech player Radek Stepanek beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 6-0.