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Okay, we all know the draw was pretty easy, but this kid reached his first semi of an ATP-Tour level.
He'd probably lose to Murray, we all know that, but that doesn't affect his good level and his achievment. GO BERNARD!!!
 

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Tomic will rise.
 

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Cannot WAIT for the semi against Murray. C'mon Tomic, give the tennis world a mini shock!

His movement is still woeful at times, not sure how much that's ever going to be fixed throughout his career. Fast clay is loving this, or maybe hating it; two of his faves facing off in the semis.
 

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I would not underrate Tomic, Virusss. he looked really quite good in this match.... there is no doubt big things are going to come from this guy and he is still so young.

I have a strong strong feeling he is going to upset Murray, Tomic does things so well for his height. Andy should be concerned
 

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Wow! I am impressed!

Nard's raw talent and innate tennis IQ have meant that he doesn't even require foot speed to dominate, but his improvement in acceleration and general mobility over the off-season has been astonishing :eek:. I could not believe my eyes when he ran down and punished those balls. Just how much scope for improvement does he still have? A very frightening thought for the men's tennis fraternity.

Poor old Istominge had no hope of taking it to a third set when it reached a tie-breaker: TND loves those, and he was as cool as ever.
 

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Cannot WAIT for the semi against Murray. C'mon Tomic, give the tennis world a mini shock!
Tomic has been looking good I don't think it would shock someone who has been paying good attention but you're right haha Australia will freak out if it happens.

Wimbledon last year showed he had the goods though and I think at this point he has the talent and game. would not surprise me if he does
 

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Wow! I am impressed!

Nard's raw talent and innate tennis IQ have meant that he doesn't even require foot speed to dominate, but his improvement in acceleration and general mobility over the off-season has been astonishing :eek:. I could not believe my eyes when he ran down and punished those balls. Just how much scope for improvement does he still have? A very frightening thought for the men's tennis fraternity.

Poor old Istominge had no hope of taking it to a third set when it reached a tie-breaker: TND loves those, and he was as cool as ever.
I agree 100% nardog, his movement is so much better than before!!? and his anticipation? literally even if he had started running in the wrong direction or misjudged where a ball would go, he shifted gears immediately and got going. totally impressed
 

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I would not underrate Tomic, Virusss. he looked really quite good in this match.... there is no doubt big things are going to come from this guy and he is still so young.

I have a strong strong feeling he is going to upset Murray, Tomic does things so well for his height. Andy should be concerned
Hope you're right. I see Tomic as a very talented young guy who deserves a really good ranking and give Australia some bite of glory. One of the countries who gave the most to the sport (if not the most important) needs a true hero.
Even if Tomic isn't Australian, he kinda is. Australia supports him and would celebrate his triumphs as theirs. He's representing Australia's flag, that's a really BIG honour to tennis.
I never underrated Tomic, I just think he'd lose tomorrow, but in a few years, he's gonna be very difficult to Murray. :worship:
Really deserved SF.
 

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Very entertaining match and thought both players were quality through most of it. Bernard is showing great maturity for his experience level and held his nerve well against an Istomin that was always challenging particularly in the second set which was probably one of the better sets of tennis I've seen this year thus far.
 

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He wasn't that impressive.... he barely made a dent in Istomin's serve. Had Istomin not been his typical muggish self donating unforced errors at big points on return then it would have gone 3.

Match with Murray will be very interesting.
 

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He wasn't that impressive.... he barely made a dent in Istomin's serve. Had Istomin not been his typical muggish self donating unforced errors at big points on return then it would have gone 3.

Match with Murray will be very interesting.
Agree, everybody needs to calm down, I know NardDog is just trolling though.

He still makes a lot of errors and return from far to back. But the positive from this match is that his top spin forehand is really awesome, it's amazing how much he's improved that part of his game. Still a LOT of work to do though.
 

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Tomic's march to number 1 continues.
 

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He wasn't that impressive.... he barely made a dent in Istomin's serve. Had Istomin not been his typical muggish self donating unforced errors at big points on return then it would have gone 3.

Match with Murray will be very interesting.
Yeah. Istomin actually won a higher percentage of return points. Tomic won the important points though.
 

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Cannot WAIT for the semi against Murray. C'mon Tomic, give the tennis world a mini shock!

His movement is still woeful at times, not sure how much that's ever going to be fixed throughout his career. Fast clay is loving this, or maybe hating it; two of his faves facing off in the semis.
First time I see Tomic play. Indeed his movement isn't good. But what impressed me is that, despite being younger than the opponent, he looked the more experienced one. The guy seems to be using his brain out there.

Good sliced backhand, not sure about his top spin backhand though. Serve and forehand work well. He just has this almost too easy swing at the ball, and I bet people will start saying he doesn't fight enough because of that.

Good player to watch.
 

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One of the great QF runs from Istomin is this event.
 

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Agree, everybody needs to calm down, I know NardDog is just trolling though.

He still makes a lot of errors and return from far to back. But the positive from this match is that his top spin forehand is really awesome, it's amazing how much he's improved that part of his game. Still a LOT of work to do though.
Spot on.

I feel like his doesn't trust his natural athleticism and reflexes (or maybe they just aren't present enough) so he retreats to allow himself more time to return.
 

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Agree, everybody needs to calm down, I know NardDog is just trolling though.

He still makes a lot of errors and return from far to back. But the positive from this match is that his top spin forehand is really awesome, it's amazing how much he's improved that part of his game. Still a LOT of work to do though.
in tennis all you have to be able to do is hold your own serve and win points on the opponents serve at certain moments (tiebreaks, particular games in sets to break, etc). Tomic has a great serve and his movement appears much much better than last year. the reason for excitement is because he is so young yet showing such great mentality, because his serve is great, and because if he is better this year and made the QF of Wimbledon last year, anything could happen this year. plus he's in Australia currently and plays for Australia. it's exciting man.

i agree of course work is left to be done but if he were to beat Murray then we have to wonder if he is really about to make it big
 

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Hope you're right. I see Tomic as a very talented young guy who deserves a really good ranking and give Australia some bite of glory. One of the countries who gave the most to the sport (if not the most important) needs a true hero.
Even if Tomic isn't Australian, he kinda is. Australia supports him and would celebrate his triumphs as theirs. He's representing Australia's flag, that's a really BIG honour to tennis.
I never underrated Tomic, I just think he'd lose tomorrow, but in a few years, he's gonna be very difficult to Murray. :worship:
Really deserved SF.
Australia is so rich in tennis history, you are completely right, it's justice for them to have a good male player pop up, it's been years.
i totally agree in a few years he probably will be on top of the circuit, but when seeing big improvements from 2011 already just gotta wonder if this year will be mediocre for him or great
 
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