Tomic ousts Davydenko at Wimbledon
Bernard Tomic says he feels really old but it’s his presence at Wimbledon that is making others look a little long in the tooth.
The youngest player in the men’s singles made a big opening statement by crushing former world No.3 Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-3 7-5 in the first round on Tuesday.
Due to his tender years and reputation, Tomic is regularly cited as player to watch in world tennis.
But with Lleyton Hewitt’s time rapidly drawing to a close, there was something comforting for Australian fans about witnessing the 18-year-old qualifier pick up his first win at a grand slam outside of the Australian Open.
Tomic, 18, said he felt right at home at Wimbledon, having made several previous trips to the grand slam in south-west London.
“I feel really old for some reason,” Tomic said.
“Feels like I’m in my 30s.
“Maybe it’s because I came and played juniors here for like four years in a row.
“But, no, you know, I know I’m young. I’ve got a lot more to improve.”
World No.27 Davydenko is not the player he once was but the manner in which Tomic defeated the 30-year-old raised a few eyebrows.
After barely playing any matches and being bounced out in the French Open first round, Tomic showed the dividends of playing a stack of grass court matches before Wimbledon, at second tier tournaments in Nottingham and then qualifying.
Tomic, who next faces world No.79 Igor Andreev, felt he had an affinity with the surface.
“I loved it when I was young, won a lot of tournaments in Australia. I think my game is always going to be suited on grass,” he said.
Tomic’s serve regularly frustrated Davydenko and he is a genuine chance of defeating Andreev if he can back up his performance.
Andreev has only reached the third round at Wimbledon once since 2005.