Bernard Tomic of Australia returns to Roger Federer of Switzerland in their fourth round match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2012. EPA/JOE CASTRO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT |
Fifth seed Bernard Tomic reached his first ATP World Tour clay-court quarter-final on Thursday as he edged Italian Potito Starace 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3 in the second round of the BMW Open in Munich. The Australian trailed by a break of serve in the final set, but reeled off six of the last seven games to prevail in just over two hours.
Tomic was joined in the last eight by fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic, who won a second-round duel between two qualifiers, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2, against Colombia’s Robert Farah. The 26-year-old Matosevic is contesting his first ATP World Tour clay-court tournament and broke serve five times from 14 opportunities to reach his second quarter-final of the season.
Bernard Tomic's first tournament with Xavier Malisse in his coaching corner continued on Friday with a 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open. At the Kremlin Cup, meanwhile, Ernests Gulbis also prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker. The Latvian held off Andreas Seppi 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(3) to reach the semis.
Jordan @ Agent Atleta Ltd. has announced the signing of Serbian professional tennis player Jovana Jaksic to a management agreement. Jaskic reached the final of the Abierto Monterrey WTA event in March, which marked just the fifth WTA tournament of her young career.
Four legends holding a total of 17 Grand Slam singles titles between them have arrived in Italy for the Grande Sfida, a new ATP Champions Tour event. John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Goran Ivanisevic and Michael Chang were welcomed by 200 members of the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of the two-day event which kicks off in Genoa on Friday and concludes in Milan on Saturday.