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.
One of the best things about watching the galaxy of stars inter-act at the ATP Heritage dinner at the Waldorf Astoria just before the US Open was the degree to which the world No 1’s were in awe of each other.
Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) moved through to week two at the U.S. Open on Saturday in Flushing Meadows, New York. / Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) et Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) seront de la deuxième semaine des Internationaux des États-Unis, à Flushing Meadows, New York.
Fans of Roger Federer with both day and night U.S. Open tickets on Sunday may think they are getting to see the 17-time Grand Slam championship twice. They will, in fact, see Federer once. But the second men's third-round match of the day will feature not Federer, but a man who has molded his playing style after that of the Swiss--Grigor Dimitrov.
Serena seemed to be rather off in this match, but as she so often does, she found a way to come through. With her leading rivals out (see below), she is finally making a push to earn the year-end #1. She leaves Varvara Lepchenko a little above #45.