Andy Murray On Bernard Tomic: “He’s Already An Excellent Player” [Video Highlights]
by Tom Gainey | January 7th, 2012, 10:29 am

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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8 Comments for Andy Murray On Bernard Tomic: “He’s Already An Excellent Player” [Video Highlights]

Humble Rafa Says:

Dogopolov is not a guy worth choking against. You generally reserve that for bigger players and bigger events. So, Mr. Lady Forehand wins a title tomorrow.

jane Says:

Awesome highlights. Really reveals the talents of both. Murray has been serving so well the last two matches. Tomic sure likes the drop shotmlob combo, and he is not at all hesitant to come forward.

carlo Says:

19 year old Federer was promising but nothing like Nadal at the same age. Tomic will get there by next year, not this year. He looks like maybe he can get into top 20 or top 15.

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adam Says:

I remember see tomic at the orange bowl when he was 15 and watching him with my coach. We couldn’t stop talking about his footwork and how he seems to hardly move his feet at all. He still does the same. Not that he doesnt really move his feet but he is just very minimalistic and unorthodox. It takes an unbelievable talent though.

margot Says:

adam: I think he’s brilliant. His movement is extraordinary. He hardly seems to move at all, yet on the base line he always seems to be in the right position to hit the ball. Did you see his interview on Brisbane web site? He was so cute, smiling and being self deprecating while giving respect. Perhaps “mad dad” ain’t so “bad” after all?
Top 10, 2013 for sure.

Michael Says:

I entirely agree with Murray’s views on Bernard Tomic. He is an excellent prospect for Tennis. I hope he realises his potential soon.

Dory Says:

Like everyone’s waiting for forever for Murray to win a Slam, I am waiting for forever for Tomic to drastically improve and get everything right. His forehand’s absolutely special.

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