Bernard battles, but falls to Stepanek
Bernard Tomic fought hard but fell 7-6(4) 7-6(5) to tough Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the second round of the AEGON Championships at London’s Queen’s Club on Wednesday.
Tomic was game in defeat against Czech 15th seed Stepanek, fending off five match points before losing a contest lasting almost two hours.
The 21-year-old has struggled to regain his form following hip surgery in February but won his first ATP main draw match in five months against American Tim Smyczek in round one.
“Today was a good match, it could have gone either way,” Tomic said of the Stepanek defeat.
“I was happy I fought and showed a bit of heart out there being down a break in the second.”
The world No.82, who reached the last 16 at Wimbledon last year, will head south to Eastbourne in a bid to qualify for the ATP event there next week.
“Hopefully I can play well, qualify and win some matches in the main draw,” Tomic said.
“And then for the big one at Wimbledon. We are all getting ready for that one so hopefully I can play as best as I can there like I always do.”