Bernard Tomic: “I Never Thought I’d Be Here the Second Week” [Video]
The latest tennis sensation is Australian Bernard Tomic. The 18-year-old today won his seventh match of Wimbledon beating former semifinalist Xavier Malisse in straight sets 61, 75, 64 to advance to his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal.
“I never thought I’d be here the second week,” Tomic said. “Especially in the quarterfinals. What a feeling and what a tournament it’s been for me. I’ve learnt a lot.
“I’ve never been happier. I’m looking forward to playing on Wednesday.”
On Wednesday the smooth-hitting Tomic will play the second seed, Novak Djokovic.
“What a match it’s going to be,” Tomic said. “To play against a guy like him that’s No. 2 in the world, it doesn’t get really better than that. He’s obviously won Grand Slams before. My relationship’s really good with him. I’ve hit with him a lot of times. He’s a cool guy.”
And if he can win he might have to go through Roger Federer then Rafael Nadal to claim his first Grand Slam title. Could it happen? “Well, anything is possible,” Tomic said.
Tomic’s ranking will also jump into the Top 80 when they are released at the end of the tournament.
The youngster who won three matches in qualifying beat Robin Soderling on Saturday. If you haven’t seen him play he hits the ball so effortlessly. They he has “easy power”.
Tomic was born in Germany to Croatian parents, then moved to Australia when he was three.
Tomic also became the youngest man since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the quarterfinals Wimbledon.
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