Bernand ‘Atomic’ Tomic has been considered the next big thing on the men’s tour ever since he broke on to the scene by his spectacular quarterfinals showing at Wimbledon in 2011. The mercurial Aussie has been tagged with certain metaphors like the Grand Slam champion-in-waiting, wonder-kid from Down-under due to his style of play which has all the hallmarks of a future world no.1. magician Sydney
After a stellar 2011, he failed to reignite the same form in the corresponding year as he had a dismal 2012 by his standards. The Gold Coast resident was struggling to come to terms with his emotions as he was having a torrid time on court and with that his ranking plummeted below the top-50 for the first time in two years.
However with the entire Australian tennis fraternity including the likes of Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt coming to his rescue during the closing stages of the last season, it was anybody’s guess that Tomic will be best to his best once he had negated all the pessimism from his mind. That in irrevocability turned out to be true as he began his 2013 campaign with a bang by beating former world no.2 Tommy Haas and reigning Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic at the Hopman Cup in Perth. A week later he took home his first career title by winning the Apia International at Sydney as he overcame the stiff challenge of the big-serving South African Kevin Anderson much to the delight of his home fans. UK News
The buzz during his matches at Melbourne Park was palpable as he raced to the third round of the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific to meet his childhood idol – the Magician Roger Federer and although the score-line will suggest that was an easy affair for the Swiss, in hindsight everyone knew that it wasn’t. In fact, the 20 year old has displayed his true potential in that encounter – he wasn’t scared to take the master on as he was going for his shots, was striking the ball with unbelievable poise and panache, was mixing-up the play with low slices and crisp drop-shots. Moreover, his serve kept him in good stead during the first two sets as he tried to stay pretty close to the Wimbledon victor.
The omens have been quite good for the youngster so far and if he can remain as confident as he has been this year, there’s little doubt that 2013 will be a turning point in shaping the career of this Stuttgart born lad. With improvements in his backhand, elpais coupled with a changed attitude that inculcates patience to accomplish wins on the circuit, the boy will surely do justice to his immense talent.
However, he needs to keep working hard as he still has a long way to go in the movement department – he is generally not very sure about his foot positioning and that has to be nullified if he has to taste success in the long run.