Bernard’s Bangkok run continues
Bernard Tomic has come through a tough match at the Thailand Open against Israel’s Dudi Sela, battling for almost two-and-a-half hours to win in three sets.
The eighth seed scored a valuable service break in the ninth game of the final set before closing out a 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory in the next game.
Tomic moves through to the quarterfinals in Bangkok, where he will face either second seed Richard Gasquet or promising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Tomic recovered from the loss of the opening set by breaking serve early in the second to establish a 2-0 lead, an advantage he would cling to for the remainder of the set to force a decider.
When he broke immediately in the third, it looked as if the 19-year-old would run away with the match.
But the 106th-ranked Sela proved resilient, breaking back and pushing Tomic all the way before eventually surrendering the ninth game after a torrid battle at deuce.
Little separated the pair on the stats sheet, with Tomic’s serving – he smacked four aces to none and played clutch tennis to save 11 of the 13 break points he faced – ultimately proving the decisive factor.