So in the Australian Open, Tomic wins in 5, but in Monaco, Tomic loses in 5.
Normally, given the players ages, Tomic should have made more improvement than Dolgopolov, yet this time he has fared slightly worse.
The difference could be...
1) Tomic is just worse on clay and Dolgopolov is not
2) Tomic is better over 5 sets relative to Dolgopolov
3) As suggested by Pat Rafter, Tomic has dropped back instead of moving ahead since the Australian Open.
Or perhaps some combination of the above?
Personally I think the issue is more that he has not continued to move ahead in the intervening months, but there have been distractions and hopefully things can now change.
Tomic only just got his first atp match win on clay 2 days ago. dolgopolov has won titles on clay. Give Tomic a break. I think he did well in taking a set off him and making the 2nd round.