11TH Jan 2011

Bernard back in business

No wildcard, no worries for Bernard Tomic as the teenage hot shot secured his own ticket into the Medibank International Sydney main draw on Sunday.

A dual junior grand slam champion, Tomic said it tasted extra sweet to have earned his own way into the main draw.

Especially after reeling off a hat-trick of victories over top-100 opponents for the first time.

Before taking down Kubot, Tomic ousted world No.100 Igor Kunitsyn and the 58th-ranked Michael Berrer without conceding a set.

“It’s always a good feeling when you qualify for a tournament,” he said.

“I definitely played really good. There were a few good players that I had to beat.”

Tomic will play Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round, with another win likely to vault him into a showdown with American top seed Sam Querrey.

Ranked 208th in the world, Tomic has long been hailed as the great hope of Australian tennis and 2010 looms as a big year in his pro career.

“No-one can put more pressure [on me] right now than I can on myself,” he said.

“I put those things aside and I always do. Tennis is my main priority and that’s what I focus on and that’s what I’m doing here and I’ll continue to do that.”

Latest Result

Italian Open, R64
Benoit Paire DEFEATED Bernard Tomic 2-1 (RET) see previous results