Roger Federer is looking to add to his five Australian Open crowns.
Last round Bernard Tomic showed he has the ability to master German brands other than BMW, but his defiant four-set win over qualifier Daniel Brands isn’t exactly ideal preparation for taking on arguably the greatest player in the modern era, Roger Federer .
The Fed Express waltzed through the opening two rounds winning both matches in straight sets . In fact, the Swiss master faced just three break points against Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round and none at all in his night match on Wednesday against former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko. Federer didn’t play his usual season-starting tournament in Doha this year, but he has jumped out of the blocks and his game doesn’t appear to have skipped a beat.
Federer has won all three matches against Tomic, starting with a four-set triumph on grass in the Davis Cup in 2011. After that match, Australia’s captain Pat Rafter organised a one-on-one between Tomic and Federer to discuss what the youngster could do to improve his game, but it didn’t help him in two matches in 2012; the four-time Australian Open winner won in the round of 16 at Melbourne Park 6-4 6-2 6-2 and followed that up with another straight sets win on hardcourt in Cincinnati later in the year.
Tomic is undoubtedly a better player this summer, though, and has won all ten matches he has played across the Hopman Cup, Sydney International and his opening two contests on Rod Laver Arena. He was impressive in disposing of Argentinian claycourter Leonardo Mayer in straight sets in the first round, but struggled to shake big-serving Brands on Wednesday. Against him is the weight of history, as Federer hasn’t lost at this stage of a Grand Slam since the 2004 French Open.
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