After winning a 10th match of the young 2013 season today, brash Bernard Tomic’s confidence is sky high. So high that not even playing 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is going to bring him down.
Federer has beaten Tomic rather easily in all three of their meetings including a straight-set 64, 62, 62 lesson a year ago. And Swiss hasn’t dropped a set in two matches. But the 20-year-old Tomic is not afraid to talk-the-talk against the tennis legend.
“I feel so confident. This is the perfect time to play him,” Tomic said following a 4-set victory over Daniel Brands. “I think, you know, I’ve got a good attitude to win. I’ve beaten a lot of good players over the last past two weeks, especially Novak. I think I can do it if he wins his match. I’m ready.”
Tomic did beat Novak Djokovic at the Hopman Cup but it was just an exo. This is the third round at a Grand Slam. Quite a difference. Though he has a strategy.
“The most important thing against someone like that, against Roger,” he says, “is that I’ve got to hold and keep it close within the first set. If I keep it close in the first set, manage to win that first set, then it can be a different story. Being one set to Love up is a huge advantage against him. If he frees up and wins that first set, it’s different. But I’m confident. I’m going to get ready as much as I can to play any of those two players. All I can do is try to win.”
And the response from Federer: “Look, I have so much more experience than him. Last year I reached my thousandth match on tour. That’s what I meant. I know how hard a five setter can be. I know how intense a night session can be and all these things. Whatever that means, length of rally, length of match, intensity, I’ve been there. That could potentially help me, but it could also not help me. We’ll see how it goes.”
Tomic and Federer are set to clash on Saturday night in Melbourne. The 43rd-ranked TOmic has just a 2-11 record against Top 10 players.
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