2012 Australian Open - Day 5
20TH Jan 2012

Tomic to face Federer

Bernard Tomic has stormed into the second week of the Australian Open with an epic five-set win over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov at Melbourne Park on Friday night.

In a match of high quality and tension, 19-year-old Tomic sank the 13th seed 4-6 7-6(0) 7-6 (8-6) 2-6 6-3 in three hours and 49 minutes.

One of only two Australians left in the singles draw, Tomic will now take on Roger Federer in the fourth round on Sunday.

But after Dolgopolov squared the match at two sets all.

Tomic later broke the Ukrainian to go 3-1 up, and never relinquished his advantage to ensure his best-ever finish at an Australian Open regardless of how he performs against Federer.

In a tactical match in which the players swapped slices as often as clear winners, Tomic had to fight back from losing the first set – and kept Australia biting its fingernails from that moment on.

The teenager was taken to a tie-break in the second set, but clicked up a gear to win it to love.

Then the Ukrainian took an early service break in the third set, before Tomic broke back and forced another tie-break – this a far more tense affair then the second set.

Trailing 5-3 in the breaker, Tomic again found what he needed to fight back and win.

But Dolgopolov then grabbed an early fourth set break of serve, before a six-minute medical timeout to attend to a back problem.

The rub-down on his back appeared to release a genie within – Dolgopolov winning the next three games to close out the set, before the early fifth set controversy swung the momentum Tomic’s way.

As glamorous girlfriend Donay Meijer watched, Tomic put his nose in front when he broke Dolgopolov in the fourth game of the deciding set.

Tomic believed the electric atmosphere on Rod Laver Arena helped him close out the match.

“I think the crowd made me win,” Tomic said.

“He’s one of the most unusual guys to play. For me to play him in this round and win is fantastic for me.”

Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt, who is scheduled to play his third round match on Saturday against Canadian Milos Raonic, are the only Australians left in the singles tournaments.

  • The Catalyst

    I will wholehartedly support you in your journey to the top of proffesional tennis. Great match last night. A tough metal, physical & personal battle won (I know how much that match meant to you inside!) You have a unique ability to read & manipulate different human beings which can only be taught with life experience & i would assume you would have had this talant at a really young age which gives you the edge on a large percentage of the population. Not just tennis players also in life in general. I love to see you harnessing the negative pressure & using it in a positive way. Very few people are strong enough to handle it. Even as mature adults let alone a 19yo. Even though your only at the early stages of your career I rate you as elite. Wish you all the success in the world. Keep blocking any negitivity & keep focussed. Roger is a true champion but he is no longer unbreakable. The world is yours if you want it. Go hard mate! No fear!

  • Ipodtch11

    Well Done TOMIC!

  • Icansurf

    Bernard, you have overcome the last few matches in amazing style.
    As a fellow Gold Coaster you have given the whole GC a buzz and we all wish you the best.
    Federer is next, give him hell mate!

  • Beth and Olly Ireland

    Federer is an old loveable fox as you know, but you can do it mate, the whole country is behind you. Anyhow win or lose, you can hold your head high, with pride.
                             Beth and Olly ireland

  • Smownestee

    :) good luck with tonight, we will all be watching and proud of our Aussie despite the outcome!
    WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    -good luck to the both of you-

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