Early test for Murray?

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Tennis Australian Open 2013
Early test for Murray?

epa03543907 Bernard Tomic of Australia in action during his match against Roger Federer of Switzerland, round three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 19 January 2013. EPA/DAVID CROSLING AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT  |

Andy Murray is the latest in a prestigious and growing list of top tennis names to try their luck against Aussie sensation Bernard Tomic in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Miami Masters. Tomic – one of tennis’ hottest teen-prodigies until he turned twenty and could no longer be called a teenager… or a prodigy – is one of those players who are always just several tournament victories from fulfilling their own self-belief. Who can forget the way he goaded the GOAT Roger Federer at the Australian Open ahead of their third round match, before chivalrously refusing to inflict injury upon insult on the fading star by conceding home court advantage to the strangely popular Swiss, and refusing to take a set from him.

The future world number one (That’s Bernie, not Andy) is one of the game’s enigmas. Little is known of his private life, he keeps himself to himself, and always acts courteously and professionally towards fellow professionals. Sure, he’s had some pitfalls along the way, but nothing else builds character like dropping nearly twenty rankings places in less than a year.

Murray and Tomic have met just once before, the Scot somehow pulling a 6-3, 6-2 victory out of nowhere, but surely Murray will be powerless to stop the locomotive from making that an even 1-1. Speaking of evening things out, Tomic is a fair and just man. So it would be no surprise if he actually let Murray win this one; that would take his career win/loss record to 57/57, which is fairness bordering on the altruistic.

Murray came through the first round with a bye, meaning he’s coming in to the match almost completely cold; whereas Tomic completely obliterated 35 year old qualifier Marc Gicquel (ranked 124) 7-5, 7-6(3) in the first round, that’s some form there Bernie.

Murray admitted himself that he has no idea how Tomic has progressed since they last met in 2012 (obviously progression is measured separately from rankings) and said that Tomic is “a very, very talented player”. Murray went on to fire the first shots in the pre-match barb-slinging session, remarking that Tomic had a “unorthodox game style”. If by “unorthodox” he meant “Bambi on ice” then he’s spot on.

One of Tomic’s idols while growing up was Lance Armstrong, and his mother was a biomedical scientist… there’s nothing funny about that at all.

Last word goes to Andy Murray, or as he’s probably better known “Tomic-fodder”: “He makes it tough for everyone” Oh no, he makes it very easy for me.

 





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