Bernard bounced by Roddick
Andy Roddick has trounced Bernard Tomic under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday, brushing aside the 19-year-old in straight sets.
Roddick was superior in every department, beating the Aussie from both the back of the court and at net to run out an easy 6-3 6-4 6-0 winner.
“I couldn’t do anything really. I think he played very good. He served well. I didn’t have many chances to do anything,” Tomic said.
“I think it was a good opportunity to have a test against him, to play him. I haven’t played him before … but he was serving too good.”
Before a packed crowd on the world’s biggest tennis arena, Roddick started like a bullet – no doubt wanting to give fans a good show in what he has announced will be his last tournament before retiring – as he broke serve on his way to a 3-0 lead.
Although Tomic settled with an ace to get on the board at 1-3, the damage had been done – Roddick rode his service break advantage all the way to pocketing the opening set.
It was a more competitive affair in the second, with games progressing on serve throughout.
It wasn’t until the ninth game that the No.20 seed gained upper hand, capping an entertaining point with a forehand winner to break for a 5-4 lead.
When the American served it out the set to take a commanding two-set lead, Tomic was visibly deflated. His game became increasingly hurt by errors, while Roddick steamed to the finish line with three successive service breaks.
“I was a bit nervous the first set. It’s very difficult the first time to be in front of 22,000 people. It’s very different,” Tomic admitted.
“I’m used to playing in Australia. Here it’s a bit different. Lucky I had that experience to play today.”
The American closed out the one hour, 27 minute victory with an ace, setting up a third round battle with Italian Fabio Fognini.
Tomic, meanwhile, remains alive in the doubles event with compatriot Matthew Ebden.