Bernard Tomic can knock out his second seeded player this tournament. Picture: Sang Tan/AP
It was just two years ago when Bernard Tomic surprised the tennis world with a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon, eventually exiting at the hands of Novak Djokovic in a tight four-setter . He has a chance to repeat that effort in 2013 when he takes on former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych in the round of 16 on Tuesday morning (AEST).
Tomic excelled in his third round match-up with talented Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who has a very good career record on grass. Tomic pulled out his full bag of tricks in the four-set win over a player who has been to the fourth round and beyond on five occasions at the All England Club. Gasquet is the second seed to fall to the young Australian after he knocked out American Sam Querrey in the opening round in a match that went the distance .
Berdych reached the final in SW19 in 2010 but was bundled out in the first round last year in three straight tie-break sets by Ernests Gulbis. He has recorded three solid wins this year, but he had a couple of issues with big-serving South African Kevin Anderson last start. Considering he had an 8-0 head-to-head advantage coming in, with six of those victories coming in straight sets, it could suggest that the Czech Republic star isn’t quite on his game leading in to this contest.
Tomic won the only previous clash between these players. That was at Kooyong in an exhibition tournament prior to the 2012 Australian Open, though.
The home fans will be right behind 19-year-old Laura Robson tonight as she takes on talented Estonian Kaia Kanepi for a spot in the last eight. Kanepi sent seventh seed Angelique Kerber packing in the second round, while Robson has had an easier run, although she did require three sets to topple in-form New Zealander Marina Erakovic in the third round. Kanepi is 2-0 against left-handers this year, including the victory over Kerber.
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