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.
Swiss Davis Cup Severin Luthi faces an anxious few days in the build up to this weekend’s final against France in Lille. Not only is he waiting to see if the back injury that ruled Roger Federer out of playing in yesterday’s title decider at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals responds sufficiently to treatment.
Chris Kermode, the ATP World Tour’s executive chairman and president, is the man who developed the Barclay’s sponsored Tour Finals into one of the most successful and lucrative events in the history of men’s tennis, but he will not look back on the 2014 edition with great fondness.
The field is set for Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by Walgreens and AmerisourceBergen, with Martina Hingis, Heather Watson and Greg Rusedski joining a lineup that also includes Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Kim Clijsters, Sabine Lisicki and Tim Henman. The event, which benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and is co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King...