Tomic Responds: “Federer not assured third round”

Q.  I’m sure you’ll probably say ‘take it one match at a time’.  Third round against Roger Federer, can you beat him?

BERNARD TOMIC:  Well, I saw the papers this morning (laughter).

Well, if he gets that far.  I mean, like I said, the first round is my goal, to beat this guy.  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.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2013-01-13/201301131358058107274.html

Yesterday I made a post about Roger downplaying the hype surrounding his possible third round match with Tomic. He said Tomic had to make it that far first, and that he would be making a mistake if he was already thinking about his third round match with Roger. Well Tomic responded in kind. When asked whether he can beat the four time Australian Open champion, he responded that Roger may not make it that far. I thought that was a good reply from Tomic. He also states that he read the papers and he would no doubt have seen what Roger said about him. Why just take the blow on the chin? Yes this is Roger Federer we are talking about, but it is also tennis which is played between two competitors. If you don’t believe you can beat whoever is across the net, you have no business showing up.

GOAT smile

You don’t back down from the challenge, even if you are up against the GOAT. So I think it was the right response from Tomic. I don’t think he was being overly cocky either. I think he was just being honest like Roger was. Saying that tennis is a funny sport and unpredictable is exactly right. I think Tomic means business and Roger has his work cut out for him. Last year Roger destroyed Tomic but this is a different scenario. Tomic already beat Djokovic this year, even though it was just an exho, and he then won his first title in Sydney. His preparation for the event could not have been better, and he is at his best in Australia. Upsetting Roger is not out of the question, but I still like Roger’s chances. It’s hard to see Tomic going from a straight set schooling to beating Roger in one year. Having said that, I expect a much tougher battle if they do happen to meet.

Thoughts?

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22 Comments

  1. I am sorru Ruan but can’t agree. Roger was responding to Tomics original remark. I think he is cocky and don’t enjoy him at all.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    What was Tomic’s original remark?

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    Susan Brown Reply:

    In an interview he went right to third round match with Roger without addressing his first round match. It was strange since i have never heard another player do that. He may be playing well right now but his behavior on and off court for the last year leaves me cold. I hope he’s out in the first round. I understand the need for confidence but this is more. He reminds me of Berdych, like young gun slingers.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Which interview?

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    Susan Brown Reply:

    I saw it on two different sites. Will see if i still have them. I save a lot of tennis stuff but only about Roger. Be back in a few minutes.

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  2. I don’t know, it’s a little different when Fed says it and when Tomic says it. Federer has made 34 straight GS QF, and Tomic has two guys in front of him that could very well beat him. It’s similar but it’s different, since it’s almost guaranteed Fed makes the 3rd round unless a major upset occurs.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Are you saying Tomic should back down and accept losing? Anyone can beat anyone on a given day and and to believe otherwise as a player would be suicide.

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    Kyle Reply:

    I’m saying Tomic should not automatically think he’s into the 3rd round to face Roger, which he seems to be doing. And there have been and are many, many players who play matches with no belief they are going to win, especially matches against the top guys.

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  3. Gosh!! I just love all these mind games, Ruan!! Seem to happen more often in AO! I wonder why? Maybe it’s the happy slam and everyone is more relaxed and carefree than normal and just raring to go at the first grand slam of the year. Makes tennis just that bit more interesting, dont you think?! I think Susan’s right. Tomic tends to go back and forth with what he says. He is still a kid basically; and a pretty spoilt and cocky brat as well. But I love how roger and he are igniting the sparks. Can’t wait for roger to spank him again though I wouldn’t bet on that. Roger is actually tomic’s idol so I don’t dislike tomic too much as anyone who idolises roger is my friend. Lol!

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  4. Can’t find them Ruan. I want all players to come on the court with belief in themselves but Tomic may want to chill a bit with his mouth. His coach even told him to zip it a few months back.

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  5. My comment and yours crossed, Ruan! Just wanna clarify that when i said i think Susan’s right, i meant that she was right in pointing out the inconsistency of tomic’s statement. But I don’t mind tomic’s cocky statement saying roger has to reach there as well in order to play him!! The nerve of the brat!! The “disrespect”!! That the 17 grand slam winner would have to reach the third round first in order to play him!! Haha! No harm in such brazen confidence. He is such a naive kid, I can’t take him too seriously so I don’t get too annoyed with him. Besides, Aussie press are quite tough on him although they do hype him up a bit. The more he says, the more intriguing it gets and the more pressure he actually puts on himself. It’s good that he has awaken the quiet lion in roger. I wonder what roger has in store for him?!!

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    steve Reply:

    I agree Veronica, no harm in Tomic’s comment. As trash talk goes, it’s pretty mild.

    But Federer didn’t build this insane record of QFs and SFs and finals in majors by looking ahead in the draw. He takes each opponent seriously and prepares carefully, it’s one reason he’s so respected by his colleagues. He never takes anyone lightly or thinks an opponent is beneath his dignity. Whenever he steps on court, he gives 100% attention to the guy across the net.

    I’m not sure Tomic can say the same. He’s young and cocky, he wants to show off and beat big-name opponents to prove himself.

    I think he’s the type who might get impatient with facing lower-ranked opponents and think “why do I have to waste my time with this scrub, gimme Federer already” and let his mind wander. In that case, he’ll lose early.

    I guess only time will tell whether he’s really matured.

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  6. Poor tomic!He is going to be taken to the cleaners if he meets roger again this time!
    I predict straight sets humiliation for this cocky dweeb!
    And to be honest,this is not my emotion talking here,i just cant see any other treatment for the nerd for a 3rd round clash.

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  7. Verdasco escapes major upset as he rallies back to defeat David Goffin 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4,while djokovic won in straights against mathieu.From what i see,i think the courts are definitely faster than last time and this gives roger just that little bit extra against the basliners.

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  8. I like this Tomic. I don’t mind a little arrogance at all. It’s good to be confident. I hope this kid improves a lot in the coming months. I was hoping he would draw Djokovic instead, because he has the game to troube Joker but Im disappointed. I like watching his game. It’s only a matter of time before he can stage an upset with the top players. I think Djokovic will the first one. ;-)

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  9. I don’t understand why people find him cocky. It’s good I think to have confidence rather than show your opponent your inferior by singing praises all the time. I’d rather someone be honest, speaks his mind ( like how Roger is ) and be brave to face the consequences and be criticized, than those politically correct answers most players choose nowadays.

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  10. Federer dispatched Paire pretty handily. Paire put on a valiant show but he was up against a Federer masterclass: serve and forehand both were on, he was moving like a dream and came forward quite a bit, looking to mix it up. Seems like the long break from competition paid off. Looking good for round 2!

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  11. Hello everyone! Roger is off to a great start. He won pretty easily today, plus I love the outfit. It reminds me of AO 2013! :-)

    I think if he gets through Davydenko and Tomic he is pretty much a lock for the SF and then you never know.

    He might make the final and there it’s gonna take s great performance.

    He looks very happy and I think that the South America trip has elevated him to a happy place and cleared his mind. It’s like he is reset and ready to go.

    I love the fact that he has practiced a lot and has cleaned out his game. He is also incorporating the backhand slice more often. I noticed it today and the forehand is clean with no mistakes.

    I love the night outfit too btw.

    I think Roger’s got a good chance but let’s not get ahead if ourselves. One match at a time. But I am happy from the display today. ;-) )

    He is back!!!

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  12. Steve, V, Yes! Roger’s BACK!! Yipee!! Roger’s feeling the SA love. It is so obvious. There’s an air of calmness and self-assurance and clarity which go beyond his normal relaxed self. And what a clean game. Roger means business. Murray and Djoko might be in for a “little” surprise! Haha! But as V wisely said, let us not get ahead of ourselves!! Love both the day and night outfit as well. Roger’s attire are ALWAYS a cut above the rest. Allez Roger!!

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    Vily Reply:

    Hi, Veronica. I agree about Roger’s calmness.

    I watched his interview on ESPN2 and he had this calmness about him. He felt no pressure and I was really pleasantly surprised about how excited and happy he was when he talked about the practice sessions of the court.

    Roger has already an amazing game. So it’s basically about execution and doing what his mind tells him to do. I had doubts about him prior to the AO and I thought that he might even have a tricky start but so far so good.

    On to Davydenko!

    Let’s hope it’s not as nerve racking as their QF from 2010. If he gets through him in straights I’ll get excited excited. Davydenko is very tricky though.

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