Playing in front of new coach Ivan Lendl for a first time, Andy Murray didn’t dissapoint routing rising teen Bernard Tomic 62, 63 last night in the Brisbane semifinals.
Afterward, Murray was quick to give the Australian 19-year-old with a similar game high marks.
“He’s going to be good, there’s no question, you just never know how good,” Murray said of Tomic. “A lot depends on the body, a lot depends on how hard you work and also sometimes a little bit of luck helps as well.
“He’s already an excellent player. You know he had Djokovic on the ropes in the Wimbledon quarters. Had he physically been maybe a little bit stronger he could have maybe won that match. But you’re never going to be as strong as guys in the mid 20s when you’re 18, 19.”
Tomic was playing in his first ATP semifinals, and the youngster has already played the four best players in men’s tennis.
“I’ve played everyone now,” Tomic admitted.
“For me today losing 6-2 6-3, if you look at it, he beat Rog in a Masters final I think 6-3 6-2 so you can’t be harsh on yourself. He just played really good.”
Murray moves on to the final against Alexandr Dolgopolov, a winner over No. 2 seed Gilles Simon earlier in the day.
“He’s similar in a lot of ways to Bernard,” Murray said of Dolgopolov. “He’s unorthodox, uses a lot of slice, can generate a lot of power from his forehand side but can go through patches where he makes a lot of mistakes.
“He’s inconsistent but that’s what makes him very tough to play against because he goes for it. He plays the match on his terms a lot of the time.”
Murray is 2-0 against The Dog.
And here’s video of Murray with new coach Lendl:
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