Tomic pumped for US Open campaign
Buoyed by his Wimbledon odyssey, Bernard Tomic leaves for America this week believing anything’s possible at the upcoming US Open.
The season’s final grand slam gets underway in four weeks and the 2008 US Open junior champion can’t wait for his Big Apple encore following his head-turning run to the last eight at the All England Club.
“I love playing there in New York,” Tomic told AAP on Sunday.
“The conditions and the courts really suit me – the ball stays pretty low and it’s not too fast – so I think I can do really good at the Open if I get a good draw.
“What I have to do is stay fit and healthy over the next month and have a good preparation with those lead-up tournaments.”
Tomic, one of only two teenagers in the world’s top 100, will contest Masters Series events in Montreal and Cincinnati before completing his Open build-up in North Carolina.
Having won seven straight matches to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals from qualifying, the 18-year-old shooting star is refusing to set a goal for his Flushing Meadows main draw debut.
Tomic said stretching eventual champion and newly-crowned world No.1 Novak Djokovic to four tight sets at Wimbledon only enhanced his belief he was a grand slam winner in the making.
“Knowing now that you’re only a few matches away from winning a slam and even seeing Novak win Wimbledon after that is something that makes you say to yourself that you could do it one day if you work hard,” he said.
“I think it’s there. I think I have the capabilities of playing well and winning slams in the future.
“It’s just a matter of when it happens, when I’m physically there.
“In the next year or two, I think there’s a lot more improvement that I can work on to be like Novak and Rafa and Roger and to be at the stage where they are now.”
After opening 2011 ranked No.208, Tomic has soared to a career-high 68th and, with no points to defend, is sure to climb even higher before the season is over.
“My aim this year was to crack the top 100 and I did that in eight days at Wimbledon, so I’m happy,” he said.
“The new goal is definitely to try to break the top 30, 40 by the end of the year.
“Hopefully if I stay healthy, I feel I’ve got a good shot.”
Tomic also confirmed on Sunday that he would open his 2012 season at the Brisbane International from January 1-8.