Bernard out of Wimbledon
Bernard Tomic has lost in the first-round at Wimbledon to Belgian giantkiller David Goffin.
Australia’s top men’s hope crashed to a 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 defeat that will precipitate a rankings dip after Tomic last year became the youngest quarterfinalist at the All England Club since Boris Becker in 1986.
After taking the first set, Tomic was unable to cope with Goffin’s deceptive power and relentless retrieving on Wimbledon’s so-called graveyard court number two.
Despite his own lowly ranking of No.70 in the world, Goffin arrived in London with high hopes after bursting to prominence with an eye-catching run from qualifying to the last 16 at the French Open.
Showcasing his talents, the 21-year-old took the opening set off Roger Federer at Roland Garros before the Swiss maestro finally eliminated Goffin in four.
Tomic was favoured to have too many guns for Goffin on grass, but the Belgian barely missed and scrambled like a terrier to have Australia’s 20th seed under enormous pressure throughout.
Tomic conceded after that loss he was only 80 per cent fit entering Wimbledon after battling a virus post-French Open.
He was clearly struggling physically as he gasped for air and clutched his lower back early in the third set.
He bravely tried to stay in the match but was unable to convert either of two break-back chances in the third set as Goffin closed in on another big scalp.
The Belgian, whose power off the ground defies his lightweight 68kg frame, refused to yield and he claimed the decisive break in the third game of the fourth set and held firm to serve out the match after two and a half hours.