Bernie confident ahead of Sydney title defence
It was a relaxed and confident Bernard Tomic who attended Saturday’s official draw ceremony for Apia International Sydney 2014.
And after fishing his name on a chip out of the champion’s trophy, he’d be feeling even better about his prospects going into a tournament at which he’s defending a title for the first time in his young career.
Tomic drew Spanish No.8 seed Marcel Granollers in his opening match, in the opposite half to men’s top seed Juan Martin del Potro and clear of second seed Janowicz until at least the quarterfinals.
But first to Granollers, an opponent whom Tomic as never before faced, yet who at world No.38 is ranked only 13 places higher than the talented 21-year-old.
“He is obviously seeded eight, (I’m) lucky to avoid a few of the guys early,” Tomic reflected on completion of the draw.
“It is going to be a tough match early but I have been in Australia for the last few months now and I am sure he has only been here for not so many days. That is an advantage I have.”
Despite the pressure of defending all the ranking points that came with his victory in Sydney last year, Tomic feels good about his game, buoyed by a solid week at the Hyundai Hopman Cup at which he won two of this three singles matches.
“Feels really different (coming in), obviously there is going to be a little bit of pressure but I am ready for the challenge,” he said.
“Last week was really good and I managed to play well and I am taking that confidence with me into this week.”