Tomic Starts Sydney Campaign

Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Michael Klein
Bernard Tomic defends big ranking points in Sydney. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au/Michael Klein
Sam Stosur’s performance in Perth at the Hopman Cup wasn’t impressive, but after a rocky start, Bernard Tomic helped carry Australia in the latter round robin matches. He went down first-up to the monster serve of Canada’s Milos Raonic but managed to score victories over Andreas Seppi and Poland’s upstart Grzegorz Panfil to finish the week.

He starts his defence of his Sydney crown on Tuesday afternoon against Spanish journeyman Marcel Granollers . The 27-year-old has been a solid singles and doubles player throughout his career and comes in to this one ranked 13 places higher than the Australian who needed a wildcard to get in to the main draw.

Tomic toppled some good top-50 players en route to winning this event in 2013, but he did come in to that event after knocking off the likes of Novak Djokovic and Tommy Haas in Perth. The Plexicushion surface used in Brisbane last week was quick and reminiscent of hardcourts from over a decade ago, which should suit Tomic as opposed to his Spanish opponent. While clay is Granollers’ best surface, he has a decent record on hardcourt and a heavy serve.

Granollers had a good run in India in his opening tournament of 2014 with a win over Benoit Paire in the quarters before going down to Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a three-set semi-final. It will be a massive effort to come from the Sub-continent and perform straight up in Sydney, an event he made the quarter-finals last year. 

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