Video: Tomic aiming to tame the Djoker
Bernard Tomic is bracing for the biggest match of his fledgling career in Wednesday’s Wimbledon quarterfinal against Serbian star Novak Djokovic.
The teenager believes he is capable of causing a massive boilover despite being ranked 156 places below the two-time Australian Open champion.
Tomic and Djokovic will step onto Court One at 1pm (2200 AEST) in their battle for a semifinal spot against either six-time champion Roger Federer or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
“I’ve got nothing to lose,” Tomic said.
“That’s a big thing.”
Tomic had a short practice session on Tuesday under grey skies with showers in south-west London reducing the number of matches completed on outside courts.
The weather forecast for Wednesday is mostly fine with a top of 21 degrees.
Tomic, 18, has enjoyed a life-changing run at the All England Club this year, only dropping two sets on the way to the final eight.
His clash with Djokovic is being regarded in some quarters as the most significant match for Australian men’s tennis since Lleyton Hewitt took on Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open final.
Two-time semifinalist Djokovic has only lost one of 46 matches this year and that was against a red-hot Roger Federer in this month’s French Open semifinals.
Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter said that Tomic had a decent shot at defeating Djokovic despite the world No.2’s blistering form this year.
“He is a kid that you never write off, he is a on a big streak and I give him a very good chance,” the two-time Wimbledon finalist said.
“Nothing would surprise me.”
Rafter’s conqueror in 2001, Goran Ivanisevic, said Djokovic deserved favouritism but that Tomic was not without a chance.
“I know Novak is the favourite but you know in tennis, you never know what is going to happen,” he said.
Tomic’s ranking is already set to rise from 158 to 72 with a win over Djokovic pushing him up to around the 40 mark.
The Australian has already earned STG137,500 (AUD$211,000) for his efforts at SW19 with Wednesday’s winner picking up a guaranteed STG275,000 (AUD$422,000).
Tomic is attempting to become just the second qualifier to reach the Wimbledon semis since John McEnroe back in 1977.