Bernard Tomic is playing some excellent tennis at the moment and he is starting to get the applause he deserves from the public because he is winning.But I think he will get even more of that if he starts playing Davis Cup again.
It is a situation that Bernie needs to sort out with Pat Rafter.
Like my fellow Channel 7 commentator John Fitzgerald I support the action Pat took with Bernie 100 per cent.
Fitzy last night branded it un-Australian that Bernie had made himself unavailable for the next two Davis Cup ties after this rift with Cup captain Rafter.
When you are running a team however everyone has to work with the team culture and that is how you get results.
Tony Roche and I did that for seven years in the 90s. It took us a long time to mould that culture into the team to a point where they believed they could beat anyone, anywhere in the world.
And that is what they did.
So that is what Pat is trying to do now that he is Davis Cup captain.
The best advice I can give to Bernie is to patch things up with Pat and commit himself to playing Davis Cup. It is only a couple of weeks a year and when you ask anyone that plays they will normally say it is the pinnacle of their career.
So let’s hope it is just a minor incident and they make up. I think everyone will be happy with that.
I mean Bernie is playing some excellent tennis right now.
His win last night, against Leonardo Mayer was a good performance.It was a game he was expected to win but you still have to go out there and do it.He has played extremely well over the past two weeks and if he continues with that form he is just one win away from that match up with Roger Federer.And I think he is playing that well at the moment that it is going to take a top ten player to stop him.It is not surprising he is playing so well either.The last eight weeks before the circuit started Bernie got himself fit.When you are 6’5 and only 65 per cent fit you cannot move well around the court.Now he has got himself in great physical shape, he does not have to stand three or four feet behind the baseline, he is right up on it. His forehand has become so much stronger, he is able to really attack much more with his double-handed backhand and he has so much more leg drive in that serve at the moment.All that means he is playing top-15 tennis.And it is not as though he is one of those players who struggles with the expectations here at the Australian Open either. Some players do, Bernie certainly doesn’t.Lleyton was the same, he handled the pressure well.I cannot see the expectations everyone has here at the Open hurting him at all.
The more pressure, the more expectations, the more spotlight on Bernie the better he plays.So it’s exciting to see how the next couple of weeks pan out for him.