Victory over world No.3
Teenager Bernard Tomic certainly impressed Novak Djokovic on Saturday after he beat the world No.3 in an exhibition match at Kooyong.
Djokovic was quick to lavish praise on the young Aussie who toppled him in three sets in a useful hit-out during the Kooyong Classic.
Tomic outlasted the Serbian star 6-4 3-6 7-5, providing solid match practice ahead of the youngster’s second Australian Open campaign next week.
“They should because he is a very talented player,” Djokovic said.
“He’s only 17 years old and he’s got the shots, he’s got the weapons, definitely.
“He’s got a big serve, he has very good baseline play, a very good feel.
“Talent helps him in these specific situations when he needs to play a good shot and he does it.
“Maybe he needs to work a little bit on his second serve and on the net play but this is all process and it takes time,” he said.
“I’m sure he already has the quality to be in the top 50.”
Tomic said he was pleased to have a three-set match in difficult windy conditions under his belt before his first round clash against a qualifier next week.
“I played well and I took everything seriously today,” Tomic said.
“It was tough conditions out there, the ball swirling around and I couldn’t;t ask for anything better than to win today so I was happy.
“I just came back from Adelaide and I had a few good wins there and I knew if I played like that I would have a good chance today – and I did, I executed my shots. Sometimes it got a bit windy but in the end I played pretty good.”
Djokovic is trying to introduce a more attacking game into his repertoire under American coach Todd Martin and Tomic said he found that hard to deal with.
“He kept hitting and coming to the net against me and changing it up and I couldn’t pass at all because it was windy.
“But it’s good to play with the wind and I’ve got nothing to lose next week when it starts so hopefully it goes well,” he said.