Bernard continues mastery of Anderson
STOCKHOLM, AAP – Bernard Tomic has stunned third seed Kevin Anderson to storm into the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open.
Tomic, who has endured a tricky season which has been hampered by hip injuries, was too strong for the towering South African, triumphing 7-6(4) 6-4 in under 90 minutes.
It was his third straight victory over Anderson, dating back to 2011.
His first-round victory in Stockholm was his first main-draw win since withdrawing from the US Open in August, but the improved showing against world No.17 Anderson will give the 21-year-old confidence as the season draws to a close.
Tomic saved three break points in the first set to force a tiebreak, which he won 7-4 before closing out the game in straight sets.
He will now face another stern test in the quarters where he will come up against the seventh-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
Verdasco, who eliminated Australia’s Marinko Matosevic in the opening round, overpowered Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in their second round matchup 6-3 6-4.