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.
World No. 5 Andy Murray clinched Great Britain’s second consecutive Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal appearance on Sunday, beating world No. 20 John Isner, 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(4), at Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
And so it was thus, that as the rain clouds gathered once more (imagine four seasons in one day, with attitude), Andy Murray sealed the deal for the British team as they won the right to face the French in the quarter-finals a mere week after the last strawberries and Pimms have been chased down in Wimbledon.