Roger Federer admitted fault in the recent controversy over his statements about Bernard Tomic. Following a very impressive win over Tomas Berdych Tuesday at the Australian Open on Tuesday, Federer said he was unaware that Tomic ranked as high as he did when he said the Australian had a long way to go to reach the Top 10.
“To be quite honest, when I walked out of the press room I thought I was somewhat tough, but at the same time I was fair because I said nice things about him,” Federer said. “But then I checked his ranking. I didn’t know his ranking was as high as it was, to be quite honest.
“I thought he was like 50 or 60 and he was top 20. That was my bad, to be honest. But I don’t check the rankings every day. I came from the off-season. I had no clue what was going on anymore. That was my bad.
“But I still believe it’s a big difference top 10 for a week or for a year or for multiple years, and getting there is not easy. It’s a lot of dedication, a lot of hard work. There’s a lot of guys who have the potential right now, not just him. That’s why I think it got brought up in many ways.”
Tomic stated at the start of the year that he wanted to crack the Top 10 fairly soon. Tomic made the fourth round at the Australian Open losing to Andy Murray Monday.
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