22ND Jan 2011

VIDEO: Bernard prepares for Nadal

Australian teenager Bernard Tomic gets his chance to attempt what no one else in men’s tennis has managed for the past year when he takes on world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open on Saturday night.

With Nadal unbeaten in 23 grand slam matches since pulling out of last year’s Open injured, it would rank as one of the greatest upsets in tennis history if 18-year-old Tomic could down him in just his ninth grand slam match.

Tomic says he is entering the third-round clash with modest expectations, but will be living a dream by taking on the world’s best on the big stage and refuses to rule out pulling off a massive boilover.

“My job is just to go out there and relax, that’s the only chance I’ll have to win,” Tomic said.

“I think I can do it, it’s going to be tough but I have to believe.”

While Tomic seeks to defy his underdog status, Australia’s other remaining singles hope, fifth seed Samantha Stosur, will be favoured to down Czech 25th seed Petra Kvitova in the earlier night match on Rod Laver Arena.

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