It's such a shame, was an easy opportunity to get 90 points but only got 20. Can't wait for grass and hard courts to come back so he can actually beat some more ppl more often and get this ranking going a bit more
Mikhail Kukushkin overcame fifth seed Bernard Tomic, saving four match points to edge the 19-year-old 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Tomic managed to convert just four of his 20 break point opportunities and dropped serve six times in the second-round loss.
Missed opportunity as Monfils just lost, so he would have played Baker in the QF. Oh well... The RG draw comes out on Friday.
Can't wait for grass and hard courts to come back so he can actually beat some more ppl more often and get this ranking going a bit more
While I'm looking forward to the second half of the year, I'm not entirely sure his results will be that much better. At Wimbledon there will be pressure to defend the performance from last year, though if he is seeded (preferably top 24) then it may ease things. Then the schedule is pretty packed with him entered in Stuttgart, followed by the Olympics, Toronto, and Cincinnati all in a row before the US Open. So I don't know if fatigue or something will become a problem. Another thing is that these type of losses (I believe this was his third loss this season after having MPs) could start to hurt his confidence and play in tight situations in the future. I guess we'll just have to wait and see though...
I think Rafter was right with his comments from last month. I feel that since the start of the year, Bernard's play has dropped and now has plateaued.
Yes, I was wondering if fatigue would ever be a problem, because he's played so continuously for the past few months. I just figured he's young so hopefully recovers quickly. And I sure do hope that he improves (and NOT plateaus!) with the grass and hard! Maybe just knowing that he feels more comfortable on those surfaces will help...
Before the end of this year's Aus open, Tomic had a reputation of being good under pressure. Beating Verdasco and and Dolgo in 5. Closing it out against Soderling when things were getting really tight in the 3rd set. But now he's turned into a terrible choker and plays makes match points in striking contrast to other points. My only thought why this could be is you've got nothing to lose when your an 18/19 year old ranked lower than the seeds. Bernie needs to deal with the expectations better. I know he's not a choker at heart, if he is, it's going to be tough times supporting him.