Tomic’s debut a dream
Bernard Tomic’s Davis Cup debut has started in the best possible way with a straight sets win in the opening rubber today at Margaret Court Arena.
He handed Australia a 1-0 lead over Chinese Taipei in their Asia–Oceania Zone Group I Round I tie with a 6-2 6-1 6-1 victory.
“Today was the greatest day, probably, of my life – to play on that court and to win,” Tomic said after the match.
“And I played really well. I was up against a player I’d had a lot of tough matches against in juniors and I was lucky I played really well today to beat him.
Tomic was all class in his Davis Cup debut. Not even an early 90-minute rain delay, which stopped the match before it could even begin, could disrupt the 17-year-old’s focus.
The Australian was on top early, breaking his more nervous opponent in the second game of the match. After rushing his shots early, Yang steadied his nerve to hold serve in the fourth game, but Tomic won his next service game to love to ram home his authority and establish a 4-1 lead.
A brief rain delay at 5-2 wasn’t enough for the players to leave the court, but gave both teenagers a moment to compose.
Unfortunately for Yang, Tomic came out fresher and fiercer and broke his serve to win the first set 6-2.
The second set followed a similar pattern to the first – Tomic held in the opening game and then broke Yang in the second.
In humid conditions, Tomic continued to pressure his opponent by controlling the tempo of the rallies. The impressive Gold Coaster found the lines when he needed to, leaving Yang to watch as winner after winner passed him by.
A series of unforced errors didn’t help Yang’s cause as Tomic raced away with the second set 6-1.
A break in the opening game of the third set was enough to give Tomic a sniff of victory as his confidence soared.
Yang managed to hold serve in the third game of the set, but that would be his only highlight as Australia opened up a 1-0 lead.
“I could’t be much happier. Yang’s always played well against me, I’ve had a lot of three-setters with him so today to win in three and to win it quite comfortably was good.”
Later, team captain John Fitzgerald spoke proudly of Tomic’s first-up performance for Australia.
“I think you have to take the opposition into consideration but that was pretty impressive,” Fitzgerald said.
“He hardly missed a beat and gee, he timed the ball well. He’s a good player.
“He was a little nervy as you would expect in the first set and then he just loosened up after that and showed us what he can do.”