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AUSTRALIA tennis greats have praised the efforts of Bernard Tomic at the season's opening grand slam with Rod Laver saying the 18-year-old had "embarrassed" Rafael Nadal in their third-round clash.

Two-time junior grand slam champion Tomic pushed the world No.1 over three sets at the Australian Open on Saturday night, even going to a 4-0 lead in the second set.

It prompted some kind words from Laver and Roy Emerson at the G'Day USA Ball in Los Angeles.

"At 18 he's really showing a lot of class," Laver said.

"I watched him play Nadal and he showed some good form all the way through.

"He wasn't embarrassed playing Nadal and I think Nadal was a little embarrassed with what Tomic had done to him."

Emerson said the world No.199 had the potential to be among the top players on the tour.

"Nadal seemed to be a little worried particularly in the second set with the change of pace that young Bernard was doing and it was upsetting the rhythm of Nadal," Emerson said.

"I think he has a great future and if he keeps in shape I can't see why he can't get in the top 10 in a couple of years."

Meanwhile Emerson joined Laver in talking down the importance of Rafael Nadal's bid for a non-calendar grand slam.

A win at Melbourne Park would see the Spaniard holding the four major titles at the same time in what pundits are dubbing the `Rafa slam'.

But Emerson said Nadal must win the Australian, French, Wimbledon and the US titles in a calendar year for it to rate as a true grand slam.

Laver won calendar year grand slams in 1962 and 1969 and has been vocal about Nadal's need to hold the four majors in the same year.

Another retired tennis great, Andre Agassi, presented Emerson with his award at the G'Day Ball and took a less hardline approach.

Agassi was full of praise for Nadal's ability to be close to claiming the four majors at the same time.

"To own all of them is quite an amazing accomplishment," the American said.

"To get them all in the same year is slightly more amazing. I don't know how you want to call it, but what he is doing is incredible."
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Re: Tomic embarrassed Nadal says Laver

So...No mention of Nadal's clown first serve %....huh...Grandpa laver indeed has a tough time to be objective when it comes to Nadal

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This Laver guy is good fun he should come to the AO Final ceremony again so we can enjoy him some more
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Wow, what a stupid headline. No where did Laver say "Tomic embarrassed Nadal" - he said that Nadal was a little bit embarrassed. Huge difference, and of course he was. He was down a double break and being outplayed by an 18-year old and you'd probably be worried if a World No. 1 wasn't feeling a bit embarrassed by their performance in that situation.
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Right. Winning the set from 0-4 down is an embarrassment. Losing it from 4-0 up OTH, is 'good form all the way through'.

Come on Grandpa Rod, I know Tomic is your countryman, but do you really believe that?
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If Tomic embarrassed Nadal, what did Nadal do to top players at 18?
Depends on what Tomic accomplishes in his career, imo. Nadal is extremely talented and was winning slams and beating the then world #1 as a teenager. It wasn't embarrassing for the players he beat per se, because Rafa was obviously no fluke teen wonder, but actually a top class player, which he's shown in the past couple years. I'd say it's more embarrassing to be pushed by Tomic if he ends up being another Donald Young, hyped up young player who has a couple big wins but never makes a major impact on the tour. However, if Tomic makes the leap in the next year and becomes a top ten player and starts winning, or at least actively challenging for slams, then it won't be so embarrassing.

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Winning all 4 majors in a row would be an amazing accomplishment in any era. Because there are a number of ways you can complete the non calender version, it does make it slightly easier than having to win them all in the same calendar year. However, its level of difficulty is still unquestionable. In the Mens game, the non calendar year Slam has proven to be every bit as rare as the calendar slam. And, Nadal has a long way to go in this event to get it. 15 years ago, I wondered if anyone would again be able to win all 4 slams in a career. Now, we have a player going for 4 in a row, career grand slams completions for 2 players within a couple years of eachother, and a player perhaps challenging for 20 slams before all is said and done. Amazing time to be watching tennis.
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Everyone knows anyone with tennis knowledge and appreciation for history knows Nadull is an anomaly and a shame for the past greats of the game, but it;s still nice to get undeniable proof from the GOATS
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Mini slam candidate was embarrassed by a kid. Yay, Laver.
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Not a Nadal lover by any means, but is Rod Laver going senile? How did Tomic embaraass Nadal one bit? First off, Tomic got to the third round. Yes Chardy was atrocious and Lopez was poor, but the kid obviously has some potential and is already playing fairly well.

To suggest that Tomic "embarassed" Nadal after losing in straight sets says more about how poorly he thinks Tomic is currently. What did he expect 6-0, 6-1, 6-0?

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Nadal was playing in clown mode and still won in 3

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Nadal was playing in clown mode and still won in 3
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Nadals game was not embarrassing, more the fact that he played mind games with the 18 year old, letting him wait a long time before the match.
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