Tomic falls in Davis Cup rubber
Germany’s Florian Mayer dismissed Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-2 6-3 to set up a fifth and deciding rubber in the Davis Cup tie in Hamburg.
World No.25 Mayer ruthlessly exploited Tomic’s lack of agility on clay at Rothenbaum Stadium in a contest lasting just one hour and 31 minutes.
The teenager looked lost on court at times as Mayer deftly moved him out of position with the Australian committing 31 unforced errors to Mayer’s 17.
Mayer and Tomic had met once on tour before Sunday’s showdown with the German cleaning up the Queenslander 6-2 6-2 on hardcourt in Brisbane.
And the seasoned German campaigner delivered another lesson to the teenager, using his drop shot to deadly effect against his heavy-footed opponent.
He broke Tomic in the fifth game of the match and held on to take the first set in half an hour.
The signs began to look bad for Australia during the second set, with Tomic’s shoulders started to slump as Mayer maintained the upper hand in the match.
Tomic managed to finally break Mayer’s serve in the third set only to drop his own serve in the following game as the German completed an easy win.
Tomic said Mayer had been hard to rein in after the first set.
“I tried to dig in, in the first set, but as the match wore on he just played better and better,” he said.
The Australian said it was time for him to start winning some tournaments.
“I will stick to what I am doing, I think I am doing really well the past couple of years,” he said.
“But now it is about getting to that next level, stepping up and winning some tournaments.”