Tomic storms into second round
He had the right shots and the right plan, and an opponent who did little to interfere with either.
But most of all Bernard Tomic displayed the right sort of temperament and composure in his first-round Australian Open win on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old star beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-2 7-6(5) to earn a place in the second round of his home championship for the third year on end.
Tomic, who entered the world’s top 200 this week, looked the superior player from early in the first set against an opponent ranked 44th in the world.
He said he had served well – even though he landed only two aces to 12 against him – and that his favourite slice shot had got him out of trouble.
“My slice is my best shot,” Tomic said.
“That’s the one that gets me out of trouble, that I can hurt players with … get it down low.
“Today he didn’t like it low.”
After Tuesday’s win, Tomic said his ambition for 2011 is to play in more tournaments and make the top 100.
And Tomic has one good reason for believing they are achievable.
“I think I’ve stopped growing,” he said.
“Growing is a tough thing.
“One time I couldn’t hit the ball on the court for a week.
“I think when I’m settled and I’m not growing as much, I play better.”
For the next week at least, it is to be hoped he stays at his current altitude of 1.93m.