Bernard brilliant in beating third seed
Bernard Tomic is through to the quarterfinals of Apia International Sydney 2015 after beating third-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.
The 22-year-old recorded a 6-3 6-4 victory in less than an hour.
Tomic will now face Luxembourg left-hander Gilles Muller for a place in the last four.
The Australian claimed he’s playing better now than he was 12 months ago and believes he needs to maintain his newfound aggressive approach if he wants to become a top-five player.
“If I want to stay where I am in the world and be 30, 40, 50 in the world I can always do that with my talent and the way I play,” he said.
“If I want to be up there in the top five in the world, I have to be aggressive and build my game to move in the court and really be an aggressive player with a big serve
“You have to realise if you want to be winning Grand Slams in the future it’s going to come down fitness and strength.
“You want to save as much time as you can in the earlier rounds. This is what I’ve come to learn, that fitness and time on court is a big thing.”
It was only the second time the world No.71 had faced Kohlschreiber, who’s been in and around the top 20 for the last five years, but it was the first time he’d beaten the 31-year-old.
He did so with precision serving, baseline power and by immediately taking charge of points, forcing errors from the German’s racquet and rapidly moving through his service games.
“I need to start from that first point and confident in my shots and be very warm and focused from the start,” he said.
“These last two matches I did do it.”