Bernard Tomic; Getty Images
11TH Jan 2013

Federer looms for Bernie at Australian Open

Bernard Tomic faces a potential third round clash against No.2 seed Roger Federer at Australian Open 2013, it was revealed at the official draw ceremony conducted this morning in Melbourne.

The 20-year-old Aussie, who is so far unbeaten in 2013, will take on Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in his opening round match after falling in Federer’s section of the draw at Melbourne Park for the second straight year.

In 2012, the Swiss stopped Tomic in the fourth round with a straight-set victory.

Tomic is currently into the semifinals of the Apia International Sydney after winning all of his singles matches at the Hopman Cup – including a defeat of world No.1 Novak Djokovic – and is ranked world No.64.

Should he get past Mayer – an opponent ranked No.72 whom he has never played – he faces a likely second round match against 27th seed Martin Klizan of Slovakia.

Also in Tomic’s quarter of the draw is No.6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 13th seed Milos Raonic of Canada.

Tomic has won 16 of his past 19 matches in Australia.

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