Bernard begins Wimbledon in style
Bernard Tomic has coasted into the second round at Wimbledon with a straight-sets win over Russian world No.114 Evgeny Donskoy.
Tomic, who reached the fourth round at the All England Club last year, romped to a 6-4 6-3 6-2 triumph.
The victory sets up a second round meeting with sixth seed Tomas Berdych, the player who ended Tomic’s run in the final 16 in 2013.
“Obviously looking back (at that match) I had set points in that first set in the match. I won the second set last year, so I felt like that first set is very important to get on top of him,” he said of the lessons he would take into their battle 12 months on.
“Because that sort of player, if he’s sort of beating you from the start and he’s up one or two sets, it’s difficult to come back because he’s a great player and he’s a good frontrunner.
“So I need to win the first set and put pressure on him. Then everything can change.”
He’ll undoubtedly be encouraged by his form against Donskoy, a match in which his controlled aggression allowed him to dominate the contest on his favourite surface.
He clubbed 11 aces and 35 winners – compared with just one double fault and 18 errors – to seal victory in less than 90 minutes.
“Played very good. He was a tough opponent because I didn’t know a lot about him. I had to be ready from the start. I thought I returned well and felt pretty good out there which was good and something I needed leading on to my next match,” he said.
“I came out focused. I felt pretty well. Served well. To me, I think I was on top of the whole match from the start.”