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AO 2R: Cilic squeaks by Tomic, 6-7(8) 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-4

LocoPorElTenis
01-20-2010, 03:08 PM
Marin :hatoff:

I intensely dislike Tomic but there's no question he has heaps of talents and will be a very good player.

Cilic-Wawa should be interesting.

Yves.
01-20-2010, 03:09 PM
barely cilic, barely:o

Certinfy
01-20-2010, 03:09 PM
YES!!! Well done Marin :D

L James
01-20-2010, 03:10 PM
Lucky one, Marin

rhinooooo
01-20-2010, 03:10 PM
Cilic with one of the worst performances I've ever seen. Absolute shocker.

tennizen
01-20-2010, 03:10 PM
Cilic was awfully crappy. Tomic was really impressive.

Deivid23
01-20-2010, 03:11 PM
Fuck off Marin, you looked a fucking scared clown today out there :o

rocketassist
01-20-2010, 03:11 PM
Tomic was fun to watch, he reminds me a little of a Santoro with slicey dicey angles and mix ups. A player without the mass talent to win big ones but the ability to entertain.

Lopez
01-20-2010, 03:11 PM
Tomic really reminds of Murray, especially when he was younger... changing pace, slicing and dicing, frustrating the opponent. He really (and the crowd) really had Cilic on the ropes, good for Cilic that he managed to get the win under huge pressure.

Tomic has an old-school vibe about his forehand. Some of the short ones looked like Stepanek's IMO.

aussie_fan
01-20-2010, 03:12 PM
The only good thing Cilic there was those big serves on those bp's at *3-4, otherwise he played awful.

Tomic had a good effort out there, played tricky, wish he'd won. :mad:

Huntress555
01-20-2010, 03:12 PM
Tomic :sad:

Can take alot from this though. He's young, in time he'll learn to win matches like this. Was a good sign that he was physically okay for 5 sets, probably his first 4 hour match, or however long it went for.

Hes definately got talent :D

Ilovetheblues_86
01-20-2010, 03:12 PM
Arrogant day not happening :(

Acer
01-20-2010, 03:12 PM
This Cilic is a mega mug

oranges
01-20-2010, 03:13 PM
A mugathon for the books. Please don't put us thorough that pushing terror from the first two sets ever again Marin. A lot more will be needed for Stan, he's no Tomic, who should have been bitchslapped 3,2,1.

Tomic is a mug and annoying one at that. I doubt either will change as he matures.

Andi-M
01-20-2010, 03:13 PM
Well done to Cilic, glad him and DelPo are tiring themselves out early :p

Tomic was impressive I think he needs to copy what Murray did and get fitter and stronger If he does see no reason why he can't be at least top 20.

Kolya
01-20-2010, 03:13 PM
Cilic handled the pressure really well IMO.

When he was 3-4 down with those break points for Tomic, Cilic was clutch.

Serving out the match Cilic was clutch.

Nidhogg
01-20-2010, 03:14 PM
Tomic nearly had this. It will be interesting to see how he develops.

Bargearse
01-20-2010, 03:14 PM
:woohoo: GO CILIC :woohoo:

Tomic puts so little on his shots comparatively speaking... difficult for Cilic always having to generate his own pace. I'm so glad Tomic is out. Now if the other 2 remaining Aussies get beaten, the organisers might actually put the best players on the showcourt!:worship::worship::worship:

rocketassist
01-20-2010, 03:14 PM
:woohoo: GO CILIC :woohoo:

Tomic puts so little on his shots comparatively speaking... difficult for Cilic always having to generate his own pace. I'm so glad Tomic is out. Now if the other 2 remaining Aussies get beaten, the organisers might actually put the best players on the showcourt!:worship::worship::worship:

They'd have to scrap WTA on show courts to achieve that goal.

FairWeatherFan
01-20-2010, 03:15 PM
Classy pushing from Tomic and rubbish play from Cilic.

Certinfy
01-20-2010, 03:15 PM
Marin's FH started working about 3 and a half hours too late. :rolls:

malisha
01-20-2010, 03:15 PM
Marin was unconfortable out there...Tomic was absorbing his power with ease....and then it was a pushing mugathron

but he survived and often after someone lucks out a win he improve his game later in the tournament

RIboy
01-20-2010, 03:16 PM
Tomic is Murray from 4 years ago only with better teeth

Cilic is MUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

L James
01-20-2010, 03:16 PM
Fuck off Marin, you looked a fucking scared clown today out there :o

I'm not sure a guy who gets that tight can win Slams :shrug:

save ausdecline
01-20-2010, 03:19 PM
u can watch the match on http://en.justin.tv/clip/ad80b03bda795665 Part 1 (NOT WORKING)
Part 2 http://en.justin.tv/clip/6f7e8b795b222c55 (WORKING)
Part 3 http://en.justin.tv/clip/0936317d79a4e4ef (WORKING)
Part 4 http://en.justin.tv/clip/09cba63f772d7a86 (WORKING)
Part 5 http://en.justin.tv/clip/64db6181bba0fcc8 (WORKING)
Part 6 http://en.justin.tv/clip/18ffa25653be6a3c (WORKING)
Part 7 http://en.justin.tv/clip/5f9058c06dcc475f (WORKING)
Part 8 http://en.justin.tv/clip/07b4e8d232366350 (WORKING)
Part 9 http://en.justin.tv/clip/02afb92599e33bf6 (WORKING)
Part 10 http://en.justin.tv/clip/056295d043e6ab0b (WORKING)
Part 11 http://en.justin.tv/clip/9baeabb965eb5995 (WORKING)
http://en.justin.tv/clip/2a06f6701df0bb1a Part 12 (WORKING)

Bargearse
01-20-2010, 03:23 PM
They'd have to scrap WTA on show courts to achieve that goal.

Touche! :drink:

malisha
01-20-2010, 03:24 PM
I'm not sure a guy who gets that tight can win Slams :shrug:

you know the answer;)

but its not something what he coludnt change....time cures many illnesses

Lugburz
01-20-2010, 03:24 PM
Tomic is another pusher among the pusher era...

Voo de Mar
01-20-2010, 03:32 PM
First set was 6-7(6) after Tomic won three straight points saving sp at 5:6.

save ausdecline
01-20-2010, 03:34 PM
u can watch the match on http://en.justin.tv/clip/ad80b03bda795665 Part 1 (NOT WORKING)
Part 2 http://en.justin.tv/clip/6f7e8b795b222c55 (WORKING)
Part 3 http://en.justin.tv/clip/0936317d79a4e4ef (WORKING)
Part 4 http://en.justin.tv/clip/09cba63f772d7a86 (WORKING)
Part 5 http://en.justin.tv/clip/64db6181bba0fcc8 (WORKING)
Part 6 http://en.justin.tv/clip/18ffa25653be6a3c (WORKING)
Part 7 http://en.justin.tv/clip/5f9058c06dcc475f (WORKING)
Part 8 http://en.justin.tv/clip/07b4e8d232366350 (WORKING)
Part 9 http://en.justin.tv/clip/02afb92599e33bf6 (WORKING)
Part 10 http://en.justin.tv/clip/056295d043e6ab0b (WORKING)
Part 11 http://en.justin.tv/clip/9baeabb965eb5995 (WORKING)
http://en.justin.tv/clip/2a06f6701df0bb1a Part 12 (WORKING)

dodo
01-20-2010, 03:34 PM
They'd have to scrap WTA on show courts to achieve that goal.
WTA put up ten times more respecatble showing today.
Henin could have taken this mug Tomic in straights.

foul_dwimmerlaik
01-20-2010, 03:36 PM
Marin you are the rarest sort of moron.

Tomic is another Murray on the making - just what tennis needs.

SwiSha
01-20-2010, 03:38 PM
how can anyone say that Tomic is a talented player based on this match,he did absolutely nothing on the court

that was probably the worst i have seen Cilic play.... ever

shadows
01-20-2010, 03:54 PM
u can watch the match on

The hell would anyone want to watch that match for knowing the result. Most god awful tennis I've seen in ages.

Thankfully Cilic still one, despite playing appallingly

Pea
01-20-2010, 03:58 PM
Thanks Novak for giving him the false confidence he needs.:o

Speed of Light
01-20-2010, 03:59 PM
Will i be able to sleep for the entire next week after watching this mugathon?. Only time will tell. This was like watching a horror movie with only the horror part in it. At least Cilic won,hope he doesn't repeat this type of performance for a long long time.

Deathless Mortal
01-20-2010, 03:59 PM
Tomic is Murray from 4 years ago only with better teeth


Exactly my thoughts :lol:
Awful match, I couldn't stand all that pushing by Tomic, and Cilic was in his off mode again :rolleyes:
He really needs to bring up his A game if he wants to go further.

Voo de Mar
01-20-2010, 04:05 PM
To be honest, I don't understand all the lament. Tomic is only 17 and shows signs of being one of the best players this decade. Cilic played really well at all break points at 3:4 in the fifth.

samanosuke
01-20-2010, 04:05 PM
I don't understand why all of you are surprised ?? That is reality for Cilic . Never nothing from him

Against Stan is end of the trip

Nidhogg
01-20-2010, 04:05 PM
how can anyone say that Tomic is a talented player based on this match,he did absolutely nothing on the court

To me he showed good court craft, point construction, anticipation and mental strength. Doing that with his style scores lots of points in my book.

that was probably the worst i have seen Cilic play.... ever

I doubt he was all too fond of the lack of pace and rhythm which was Tomic's doing. Combine that with nerves and it spells trouble.

SheepleBuster
01-20-2010, 04:09 PM
man that was awful. Cilic needs to step up. Come on man.

croat123
01-20-2010, 04:12 PM
marin :o shit match. he needs to just be more aggressive (and get some fucking first serves in). thankfully he outpushed tomic, but that won't be enough for wawrinka

gulzhan
01-20-2010, 04:25 PM
MTF at its worst.

Great job by Tomic-- he played a five-setter against a seeded player in the 2nd round of a GS. What else do you want from a 17 yo boy? Unless it can be explained by jealousy of same age kids who never made it to ITF juniors 5th grade qualies, I find this thread pathetic. Especially if it's Australians who badmouth a promising young player from their country. I wish we had a junior like Tomic. Not bought but raised of course :lol:

gaitare
01-20-2010, 04:38 PM
The only big quality I see in Tomic after watching him play a couple of times is his age - he still has time to improve.

To my incompetent eye there are glitches in both his forehand and backhand techniques, come on, you can have unorthodox groundstrokes if they are AN ASSET to your game, but every time I see him play I have a feeling something hinders his main shots, slight unnecessary body movements or sth.

I wouldn't read too much into this match, Cilic is not that much of an established player himself, pretty successful, yes, but he started throwing really appaling sets in grand slams (Levine, anyone?) when he really feels he's the BIG favourite on the court and has to win, then starts to slightly push and panic.

And to that Murray comparisons: come on, Murray was MUCH, MUCH BETTER than this in virtually every department when he appeared on the tour.

tennishero
01-20-2010, 04:40 PM
cilic played like crap

dylan24
01-20-2010, 04:52 PM
chennai spartan cilic must take out del pony

Iván
01-20-2010, 04:54 PM
tomic looked shattered in the final set

dylan24
01-20-2010, 04:54 PM
good for hewitt

thedesertsun
01-20-2010, 05:01 PM
Wawrinka will roast him.

daddy
01-20-2010, 05:07 PM
Terrible match, especially first 3 sets, Cilic looked jet laged, could not get into rhythm, Tomic was mixing too much. I wish Cilic would mix more like Tomic did. In a few years Tomic will win Slams on regular basis.

Doomach777
01-20-2010, 05:13 PM
What a great match, best in history of tennis.

Yves.
01-20-2010, 05:18 PM
What a great match, best in history of tennis.

that you even take the time to post this :rolleyes:

Smoke944
01-20-2010, 05:27 PM
how can anyone say that Tomic is a talented player based on this match,he did absolutely nothing on the court

that was probably the worst i have seen Cilic play.... ever

I'm not trying to rip on Tomic but having not seen the match and judging by the scoreline Cilic playing terribly is the only logical conclusion IMO. Tomic has very good anticipation and is a master pusher but at least at this point he physically can't move fast enough to defend anyone that plays even competent offense at the ATP level. Rufin is bad on this surface and was utterly clueless on how to attack. Cilic, I assumed, would play decently and shouldn't have too much trouble with Tomic. Obviously he didn't come to play at all.

McAlistar
01-20-2010, 05:29 PM
Cilic is woeful, cant believe he's being mentioned as a possible GS champion. He's just flat out rubbish.

Nole fan
01-20-2010, 05:35 PM
Tomic really reminds of Murray, especially when he was younger... changing pace, slicing and dicing, frustrating the opponent. He really (and the crowd) really had Cilic on the ropes, good for Cilic that he managed to get the win under huge pressure.

Tomic has an old-school vibe about his forehand. Some of the short ones looked like Stepanek's IMO.

You said exactly what i wanted to say. I believe Tomic has lots of talent and he will do great things. He has what I'd say is a gracious forehand... beautiful technique.

saniapower
01-20-2010, 06:58 PM
worst Cilic Match

CooCooCachoo
01-20-2010, 07:03 PM
Marin :unsure: Wow. Surprisingly tough win.

Tomic is extremely talented and not nearly as big a brat as people make him out to be. He will undoubtedly mature as well.

Dimitra
01-20-2010, 07:08 PM
that was an awful match!

samanosuke
01-20-2010, 07:16 PM
worst Cilic Match



fail

Beat
01-20-2010, 07:33 PM
Cilic was awfully crappy. Tomic was really impressive.

eh, so how did the "crappy" one win over the "impressive" one? :scratch:

i've rarely seen a match with such bad movement from both players ...

philosophicalarf
01-20-2010, 07:35 PM
Cilic has been doing this a lot lately, playing garbage, but finding just enough to win. Not sure if that's a sign his game's about to flop, or that he's about to step up to the next level.

tennizen
01-20-2010, 07:48 PM
eh, so how did the "crappy" one win over the "impressive" one? :scratch:


It's relative to their experience and ranking level.

docking34
01-20-2010, 08:30 PM
why didnt tomic win this?? he was up almost 2 sets to none. damn!

Doomach777
01-20-2010, 08:37 PM
that you even take the time to post this :rolleyes:

xD I was sarcastic. LOL

scoobs
01-20-2010, 08:38 PM
I see Moanic is whingeing about the late finish.

Apparently being 17 means you're tired after midnight and need your sleep and that's why he lost.

Not any fucking 17 year olds I've ever met :lol:

Corey Feldman
01-20-2010, 08:58 PM
cya Tombo :wavey:

lalaland
01-20-2010, 09:00 PM
Cilic played like he's afraid of losing to a 17 yrs old in the first set and a half, only settle down a bit when he was down a set and a break to take the 2nd. He is too up and down, can turn in a superb performance like that one in Beijing beating Rafa, but this one barely escaping defeat is hardly a match to write home about. He has the talent to win a slam but don't think he has enough belief to actually win one.

And Tomic has good poise for a kid this young playing in big match eventhough he lost. I'm glad he lost though, it's not good to get his head too big in such young age.

leng jai
01-20-2010, 09:15 PM
Definitely the worst 5 set match I've seen for a long time. Tomic's junkball off forehand was pure comedy and some of those slices rival Monfil's ones. Cilic was deplorable out there and its a testament to his inability to dominate rallies. Embarrassing that he couldn't blow a 17 year old playing that style of game off the court.

Bargearse
01-20-2010, 09:35 PM
Will i be able to sleep for the entire next week after watching this mugathon?. Only time will tell. This was like watching a horror movie with only the horror part in it. At least Cilic won,hope he doesn't repeat this type of performance for a long long time.

I'm the opposite. The Tomic/Cilic combination is definitely a cure for insomnia. In fact, the match was so dull, I unwittingly slept through the entire second and fourth sets and given Cilic won those 2 sets, they were probably more interesting than those that mug, shithead Tomic won. He won't amount to anything near what he predicts he will - the ladies hit the ball harder than him.

Everko
01-20-2010, 09:37 PM
I could not watch. My dislike for both players overwhelmed me

shotgun
01-20-2010, 10:11 PM
Tomic's style is not the most exciting, but he has that ability of making his opponents look bad.

At 17 years old he has almost as many haters as D. Young had, the difference is that Tomic actually wins matches.

MatchFederer
01-20-2010, 10:14 PM
Tomic's style is not the most exciting, but he has that ability of making his opponents look bad.

At 17 years old he has almost as many haters as D. Young had, the difference is that Tomic actually wins matches.

Yep, exactly. I get the impression that he will keep improving his game in increments and that he has a high ceiling that he will approach rather steadily, but successfully. Or in other words, his weapons are not yet apparent but will become clear in time.

rjmartin
01-20-2010, 10:17 PM
What a joke of a match, Tomic is a pusher (a lot worse than Murray) and Cilic is a complete and utter mug.

MatchFederer
01-20-2010, 10:19 PM
*lol*

I will just hold my horses for one second on the 'Tomic presents himself well in interviews recently' talk. Check this shi' out.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/bernard-tomic-blames-timeslot-for-loss-20100121-mm3h.html

Bernard Tomic blames timeslot for loss
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Bernard Tomic has lashed out at Australian Open organisers over scheduling, saying it might have cost him a potential giant-killing win over Croatia's Marin Cilic.

The Australian 17-year-old pushed the big-serving 14th seed all the way in a gruelling five-setter which went almost four hours and ended about 2.10am on Thursday.

But Tomic said it was "ridiculous" a player of his age was forced into that timeslot and a day fixture might have enabled him to reverse the gallant 6-7(6-8) 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-4 defeat.

"To finish at this time, it's tough. You know, look, I have no excuses, but I think if I'd have played during the day, which I requested, it could have been all changed. I think I should have won," Tomic said.

"But I'm proud of the way I played. It's difficult for me, I had the same problem last year.

"After 1am, 2am, for a 17-year-old to go out and play, it's difficult. For the people I requested to play during the day, and it didn't happen, I think it's ridiculous."

Tomic's match started about 10.20pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, virtually the identical time to his second round loss to Gilles Muller at last year's Open.

He said in no other sport would competitors be forced to play at such an hour and quipped he would have to start booking in 2am practice sessions to prepare himself.

"Especially me, at my age, it's difficult," he said.

Despite that complaint, Tomic can take plenty of heart from his brave performance.

"To be able to see I can compete at this level, it's great for me. I was a few points away tonight from winning. He came up with some good points, you know, enough said."

© 2010 AAP

Bargearse
01-20-2010, 10:27 PM
Who the hell is this Tomic anyway? He thinks he can 'request' a day match and he's ranking is in the high 200's? He's lucky I'm not the tournament organiser! He'd get nowhere near Rod Laver or even Show Court 2 for that matter. Court 6 is the best he'd do!:devil:

The article was interesting... I especially like the following line:

The Australian 17-year-old pushed the big-serving 14th seed all the way in a gruelling five-setter which went almost four hours and ended about 2.10am on Thursday.

He came, he pushed, he lost!

oranges
01-20-2010, 10:33 PM
He should play qualies next year, no night matches there.

dombrfc
01-20-2010, 10:39 PM
One of the worst five setters ive ever seen.

And as for requesting a daytime match... I dont think so! You're a tennis player, it comes with the territory. Didnt realise 17 year olds had to be in bed by midnight anyhow.

LleytonMonfils
01-20-2010, 10:42 PM
Tomic is a clown. He should be thankful he even is put on centre court to play a tennis match. Pay your dues kid and stop letting daddy continue to let you think you're the next best thing. As for Cilic wasn't he supposed to be the guy who was going to surprise here? Del Potro is going to rip this guy apart wrist or no wrist.

munZe konZa
01-20-2010, 10:57 PM
Yep, exactly. I get the impression that he will keep improving his game in increments and that he has a high ceiling that he will approach rather steadily, but successfully. Or in other words, his weapons are not yet apparent but will become clear in time.

Bigger guys take longer to develop so patience is the key, I can remember how Del Potro was destroyed by Nole in 2007 US open but came to win it 2 years later playing completely different

Experimentee
01-20-2010, 11:17 PM
Mugathon of the higest proportion :o

This was painful to watch, all this pushing and choking. Looks like a bad WTA match.

No thanks to Cilic for giving Tomic more false confidence (he's now saying he deserves to be in the DC team) :rolleyes:

Experimentee
01-20-2010, 11:28 PM
Bigger guys take longer to develop so patience is the key, I can remember how Del Potro was destroyed by Nole in 2007 US open but came to win it 2 years later playing completely different

Usually guys with pusher games tend to develop early and do well in juniors, such as Tomic.

Guys with more elements to their games, such as serve volleyers tend to develop later and not have as much success when young.

lalaland
01-20-2010, 11:29 PM
"After 1am, 2am, for a 17-year-old to go out and play, it's difficult. For the people I requested to play during the day, and it didn't happen, I think it's ridiculous."


Geez, how dare they! He should refuse the WC the next time the AO organizers give him to show how displease he is with them. :devil:

He said in no other sport would competitors be forced to play at such an hour and quipped he would have to start booking in 2am practice sessions to prepare himself.
So he chose the wrong sport, still time to change to something else.;)

malisha
01-20-2010, 11:32 PM
ugly game but i like his attitude

he sholud be cocky at that age

CR3WLFC
01-21-2010, 12:02 AM
Cilic what a shame. Oh well he won :wavey:

save ausdecline
01-21-2010, 12:12 AM
u can watch the match on http://en.justin.tv/clip/ad80b03bda795665 Part 1 (WORKING)
Part 2 http://en.justin.tv/clip/6f7e8b795b222c55 (WORKING)
Part 3 http://en.justin.tv/clip/0936317d79a4e4ef (WORKING)
Part 4 http://en.justin.tv/clip/09cba63f772d7a86 (WORKING)
Part 5 http://en.justin.tv/clip/64db6181bba0fcc8 (WORKING)
Part 6 http://en.justin.tv/clip/18ffa25653be6a3c (WORKING)
Part 7 http://en.justin.tv/clip/5f9058c06dcc475f (WORKING)
Part 8 http://en.justin.tv/clip/07b4e8d232366350 (WORKING)
Part 9 http://en.justin.tv/clip/02afb92599e33bf6 (WORKING)
Part 10 http://en.justin.tv/clip/056295d043e6ab0b (WORKING)
Part 11 http://en.justin.tv/clip/9baeabb965eb5995 (WORKING)
http://en.justin.tv/clip/2a06f6701df0bb1a Part 12 (WORKING)

Forehander
01-21-2010, 02:39 AM
Biggest mug match in AO history. The retarded ball tapping tennis of Bernard Tomic is simply revealing how many super mugs there are currently there are in the top 100 at this time. None of these mugs know how to come to the net at the right moment. Or simply, they just can't volley at all. Any professional player being taken down by such retarded tennis badly needs to go back to the basics, let alone a world number 14. Mugs.

Experimentee
01-21-2010, 02:42 AM
I can't believe Tomic gets the feature night match despite being ranked in the 280's, and then has a whinge about the late match! Can't have everything your way mate.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/cilic-beats-tomic-in-five-sets/story-e6frfgao-1225821898794

Marin Cilic beats Bernard Tomic in five sets

AUSTRALIAN teenager Bernard Tomic went bravely out of the Australian Open last night then blasted organisers for scheduling him to play past his bedtime.

Tomic, 17, ranked 291 in the word, said the early morning finish of 2.10am may have cost him the chance to score an upset win over Croatia's Maran Cilic.

The 17-year-old pushed the world No.14 to the brink in a five-set marathon at Melbourne Park but said after 3 hours and 48 minutes on court fatigue caught up with him.

Tomic said it was "ridiculous" a player of his age was forced into that time-slot and a day fixture might have enabled him to reverse the gallant 6-7(6-8) 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-4 defeat.

"To finish at this time, it's tough. You know, look, I have no excuses, but I think if I'd have played during the day, which I requested, it could have been all changed. I think I should have won," Tomic said.

"But I'm proud of the way I played. It's difficult for me, I had the same problem last year.

"After 1am, 2am, for a 17-year-old to go out and play, it's difficult. For the people I requested to play during the day, and it didn't happen, I think it's ridiculous."

Tomic's match started about 10.20pm.

He said in no other sport would competitors be forced to play at such an hour and quipped he would have to start booking in 2 a.m. practice sessions to prepare himself.

"Especially me, at my age, it's difficult," he said.

Tennis fans wary of the hype surrounding Tomic must now be believers after he went down 6-7 6-3 4-6 6-2 6-4 and pushed Cilic to the brink .

"I'm very tired," a relieved Cilic said before praising the efforts of his young Australian opponent.

"He's very uncomfortable to play, he serves good and hits a lot of flat balls. I think he is going to be a tough player to play (in the future)."

Former Open champion Jim Courier summed it up best in Channel Seven commentary when he said: "He is not the No.291 player in the world, not tonight.

"Tomic played the match of a top-20 player, something which many good judges say he will be sooner rather than later, showing great poise and nerve mixed in with some killer groundstrokes and a consistent serve.

All through the night the Gold Coast prodigy showed that he belonged in the pressure-cooker environment of Rod Laver Arena in the second round of a Grand Slam.

After being broken early in the match, the youngster fought back midway through the first set to get back on terms to force a tie-break.

With an unexpected shower changing the conditions on centre court and forcing the roof to be shut as play continued, Tomic kept his game together during the tie-break and it was two basic unforced errors by Cilic which handed the teenager the opening set after 67 minutes.

Tomic raced to a 3-1 lead in the second set before the big Croatian finally found his rhythm, reeling off five straight games to finish the set with an ace in just 33 minutes.

At that point everything pointed to the 198cm Cilic doing what he was expected to do given his status in the game and the fact he was coming off his best season of his career.

The 21-year-old made his first Grand Slam quarter-final at last year's US Open where he defeated Andy Murray and lost to eventual winner Juan Martin Del Potro.But Tomic is something special.

Instead he was the one who flicked the switch, racing to a 3-0 lead.

Cilic came back but was lucky to level proceedings at 4-4 after a Hawk Eye challenge denied the Australian the break of service he'd already begun celebrating.

Cilic wasn't as lucky with his next service game with a string of unforced errors - he had 13-4 for the third set - handing Tomic the set.

Unfortunately, it soon became obvious tiredness was infiltrating the young Australian early in the fourth. He sensibly decided to shut up shop, conserving energy for the fifth set which didn't begin until 1.15am.

The ploy worked with the deciding set an intense struggle in which Tomic held his own until he had his serve broken in the ninth game.

After that he had nothing to give with the petrol tank empty following the longest tennis match of his life.Cilic now plays 19th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.

jmf07
01-21-2010, 03:09 AM
Will be interesting to see how Tomic progresses. His performance against Cilic is good no matter how stupidly Cilic played. Tomic has achieved a fair bit for his age but as easily as I can see him becoming a top 10 player I can also see him becoming Australia's Donald Young. The success achieved at a very young age, the parents, the arrogance with the attitude of I'm going to win everything and the media hype of he is going to one day be the best player, getting on the wrong side of alot people (eg, Newcombe said he was provided with five or six coaches in the last 18 months and they all left). His junior slam results last year compared to the year before didn't show any improvement. He was terrible in the couple of US Challengers, losing to Ryan Harrison in one of them, and he benefited from amazingly easy draws at the Aus Open and Wimbledon qualies. The Australian challenger win he had was impressive but apart from that he didn't really make a great improvements in 2009.

briecie
01-21-2010, 03:58 AM
Anyone know the reason why Tomic and Hewitt are not exactly best of friends?

Bargearse
01-21-2010, 04:54 AM
Anyone know the reason why Tomic and Hewitt are not exactly best of friends?

At Wimbledon last year, Tomic refused a practice session with Hewitt citing bird flu as the reason - meanwhile, he goes to practice with Juan Carlos Ferrero instead. Something like that. Hewitt felt that Tomics' snub was out of line and disrespectful & he had no problem letting all and sundry know about it. :bigcry:

Audacity
01-21-2010, 05:54 AM
At Wimbledon last year, Tomic refused a practice session with Hewitt citing bird flu as the reason - meanwhile, he goes to practice with Juan Carlos Ferrero instead. Something like that. Hewitt felt that Tomics' snub was out of line and disrespectful & he had no problem letting all and sundry know about it. :bigcry:

It's the media that keeps bringing that shit up. Hewitt could care less about Tomic.