Australian prodigy Bernard Tomic (above), a colorful young player who seems to have a bit of Andre Agassi in him, blitzed Spaniard and world #31 Feliciano Lopez in two successive tie breakers, 7-4 and 7-3, and currently leads Lopez 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 4-3. Tomic, at world #199, is giving away a lot of power to Lopez and yet, he has him on the ropes due to his defensive skills on the Plexicushion and overall smart play. On several points in the match, Tomic has traded slice backhands with Lopez, who, for some reason is allowing Tomic to dictate with his foot speed and shot selection. The pride of Australia has played the big points better, winning 2 of 3 break points, and by keeping the ball in play with only 17 unforced errors.
Tomic, who practiced with Nadal last year and was said to have frustrated him because he plays Rafa’s topspin well, similar to Davydenko or Agassi, who we mentioned earlier. Tomic takes the ball early and uses his opponents pace against them. Tomic/Rafa would be a wildly entertaining match, and we’re pulling for the kid and a chance to see that match on Saturday, even though we aren’t in love with Tomic as a sportsman. Especially since he recently had an altercation with our favorite prodigy, the one handed backhand ripping super talent Grigor Dimitrov.
Tomic 4-3 on serve in the 3rd right now, and just saved 2 break points. He’s impressing…Tomic just got the break in the 8th game of the set and served it out. 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 in fine form.