Tomic: Federer not assured third round

Sportal January 13, 2013, 9:55 pm
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Sydney International champion Bernard Tomic has fired back at Roger Federer ahead of a prospective Australian Open third-round clash with the world No.2.

Federer intimated the 20-year-old Australian shouldn't be looking too far ahead in the men's singles draw in Melbourne, despite many tipping the pair to face off in the round-of-32.

But fresh from winning his maiden ATP Tour title in Sydney, Tomic said the Swiss maestro should also watch his own back to make it deep into the first week.

"Well, if he (Federer) gets that far," Tomic responded when asked if he believed he could beat the 17-time major winner.

"The first round is my goal, to beat this guy (first-round opponent Leonardo Mayer). I do struggle against some guys out there. I don't know how this guy can play. If the possibility comes for me to win that first match, I'll look for my next round, which is also tough.

"I would love to get in that position to play Roger in the third round. He has to get there as well. You don't know what can happen. Tennis is a funny sport. So we'll see."

Despite being cautious at facing Argentine Mayer on Tuesday, Tomic added that taking on the world No.72 - who has failed to win a main-draw match in Melbourne in three attempts - would be a positive experience.

"I think it's good I haven't played him or hit with him," Tomic said of Mayer.

"It can be a difficult match. It's not easy playing the first round of a grand slam. Everyone is ready to go for the first slam, so you don't know what to expect.

"I've got to come out there and play the tennis I've been playing the last few weeks, then I give myself the best chance to win."

And despite getting a few local fans on side with his tournament win in the Harbour City and an unbeaten singles run at the Hopman Cup in Perth earlier in January, Tomic said Melbourne was his top priority this season.

"This is our first grand slam. This is where you want to do the best. I want to do as best as I can for this tournament, so I'm going to be ready on Tuesday. I'm going to keep going and try to win as many matches as I can," he said.

"Obviously I'm really confident. I haven't lost a match yet (in 2013).

"It's a good opportunity to use something like that and I'm going to use it."

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  1. Wicked Wiz of the West07:05pm Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Kathrine. Yes its true that Federer has won more tournaments than Tomic but Tomic is young and on the rise while Fedderer is getting very long in the tooth for a top flight player and on the way own. So its you that had better put your manners back in!

  2. R Slicker06:37pm Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    you sound like the very moron your preaching about Christopher Gay sorry J

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  3. R Slicker05:28pm Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    keep your indian rapist comments to yourself tony m.this is an aussie sports forum.go and play with christopher j's tossle if your looking for kicks.goose.

  4. R Slicker05:25pm Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    at least christopher J the numbskull isn't spewing his rubbish about labour and the carbon tax.what a waste of space. for mine tomic is just young , dumb and full of XXX.just a silly publicity stunt to generate interest in a boring tennis tournament.much like the boring id1ots who frequent these posts

  5. Katherine03:13pm Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Remember Tomic, Federer has won more tornaments then you have fingers so put your manners back in!

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  6. Simon10:56am Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Unfortunately the successful ethnic background Australians in tennis have been given a bad wrap and hard time over the years, it happened to Phillipousis back in the day for not towing the line, driving Ferrari's and being seen with Kournikova (something to look up too I think)...yet everyone forgets that Leyton was not exactly a 'nice person' on the court back in the the end everyone can have their ego on the court (if it wins them games, good on them) and everyone trains's not a team sport and Tomic even said himself that he has to get past the first round! If Federer wants to talk smack, then the young guy is within his right to say 'old man, you need to make it to the third round yourself!' . Thats my 2 cents, take it or leave it.

  7. Ivor10:46am Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    tomic needs to learn a bit of respect for a roger,a player who,s won more grand slams than tomic has won ordinary game in his entire life.he is a big mouth grub.he will never come up to the standard even of hewit.the only thing that compares him to hewit,is his big mouth.

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  8. Joan10:46am Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Tomic will never be the player or gentleman that Roger is, he must be admired for the example he has set for tennis players.... Go, Roger. Lleyton may have been a little passionate at the beginning of his career, he was World No. 1 at Tomics age. He has never tanked and always gives his best, even when he is injured. Lleyton has always put his country first and always will...great Australian, if he wins or looses, he should be Australian of the year.

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  9. Furry10:34am Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Come on people .. hes a MacEnroe... the boy has a big mouth ... the media use it to beat up on him... you fall for all the bad stuff. . But that he has ability is undoubted.... and the big mouth usually is aan extention of winning desire.... its how he drives himself. Kenny Rosewall calm no longer exists in sport anywhere that I can see.... Layton was similar to Bernard in his early days. I wish him well should you

  10. Katherine10:07am Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    He has not lost a match yet in 2013, we only three weeks into the new year. C'mon mate a bit of modesty goes a long way ! Do the nation proud, be gracious as Federer.