Bernard Tomic has sealed his spot within the Australian Open 2021 important draw, capping off a profitable qualifying marketing campaign with victory towards compatriot John-Patrick Smith in Doha.
Bernard Tomic’s storied historical past on the Australian Open is about for one more chapter.
Tomic received the AO boys’ singles title as a 15-year-old in 2008, turning into the event’s youngest-ever champion.
He has since contested the primary draw on 10 events, constructing a 17-10 win-loss report. His finest result’s a fourth-round look – which he achieved in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
This, nevertheless, is the primary time the 28-year-old has earned his place in an Australian Open draw as a qualifier.
Tomic, who’s presently ranked No.225, secured his AO 2021 spot with a hard-fought 6-4 5-7 7-6[10-7] victory over fellow Queenslander John-Patrick Smith in Doha on Wednesday.
The match – which was the primary all-Australian showdown within the remaining spherical of an Australian Open males’s singles qualifying draw since 1992 – took two hours and 46 minutes to finish.
“He’s a harmful participant,” Tomic mentioned of Smith. “He had nothing to lose, so at this time was robust.”
Each gamers navigated early momentum swings, earlier than settling right into a deciding set whether or not neither dropped serve.
Then for the third time in as many days, it was Tomic who got here out on high in a third-set battle.
Tomic admitted he was feeling the bodily toll of these three lengthy matches – which included saving a match point in his second-round victory.
“I used to be combating and competing for each level, but it surely was robust,” Tomic mentioned. “I’d wish to play a bit of extra aggressive, however when the physique is just not there it’s robust to play aggressive.”
That is the fourth time Tomic has certified for a Grand Slam event in his profession – having beforehand finished so at Wimbledon in 2010 and 2011, in addition to Roland Garros in 2018.
“I’m centered, I’m joyful – something can occur,” Tomic says of his possibilities at Melbourne Park subsequent month.
With Tomic’s qualifying effort, Australia now has 11 representatives within the AO 2021 males’s singles draw. Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson and James Duckworth are direct acceptances, whereas Christopher O’Connell, Marc Polmans, Alex Bolt, Aleksandar Vukic and Thanasi Kokkinakis have all acquired wildcards. This quantity could even rise increased, with a further wildcard nonetheless to be introduced.
SWEENY’S RUN ENDS
Queensland teen Dane Sweeny’s main breakthrough has ended with a loss within the remaining qualifying spherical.
Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky received a three-set battle towards the 19-year-old wildcard, who scored a career-best win earlier this week in his Grand Slam-level debut.
Luck appeared prefer it was on Sweeny’s facet early, with the world No.794 claiming the opening level of the match with a net-cord winner.
Sweeny confirmed no indicators of early nerves, enjoying with confidence and dictating play towards his extra skilled opponent. He took the opening set 6-2 in 46 minutes.
However world No.201 Stakhovsky refused to be rattled. The previous world No.31 maintained his composure and lower down his errors. He misplaced solely 4 factors on serve within the second set, heaping the strain on the younger Australian.
Stakhovsky continued to dominate on serve within the deciding set, conceding a mere three factors. It helped him shut out a 2-6 6-3 6-1 victory after two hours and 9 minutes on courtroom.
Australian Open 2021 qualifying – day 4 outcomes
Males’s singles, remaining spherical – Doha
Bernard Tomic (AUS) d [WC] John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 6-4 5-7 7-6[10-7]
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] Dane Sweeny (AUS) 2-6 6-3 6-1