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.
Nick Kyrgios isn't the only unseeded player still alive at the Australian Open. Two others will be in action on Monday, with Gilles Muller and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez looking to continue their runs to the second week by pulling off fourth-round upsets. But there is bad news for both: they are going up against the two most recent champions of this event.
This lets Simona Halep defend her points -- and that means that she has also defended the #3 ranking. Petra Kvitova will remain stuck at #4. Yanina Wickmayer remains stuck below #65, but she seems finally to be coming back to life; her results here gained her more than a dozen ranking spots.
When Rafael Nadal comes out of a funk, he really comes out of a funk! Hard to believe he could still lose the #3 ranking to Kei Nishikori. Of course, if he keeps playing like this, he won't lose it. He leaves Kevin Anderson still at #15.