Tomic beats Brands in Australian Open, Federer next

Bernard Tomic converts his eighth match point to defeat Daniel Brands in four sets on Thursday in Melbourne. Tomic advances to a third-round showdown against Roger Federer.

Bernard Tomic booked a spot in the Australian Open third round with a 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(3), 7-6(8) win over Daniel Brands on Thursday. Tomic cracked 26 aces and saved the only break point he faced to prevail in two hours and 55 minutes.

Both men came out serving well and firing winners from just about everywhere. Brands, who qualified for the main draw to continue his stellar form of late, burst out of the gates especially hot. The 6’5” German dropped only one service point in the entire first set and eventually cruised through the ensuing tiebreaker seven points to four.

Tomic battled back in the second and third, although not without a huge struggle. The 20-year-old Australian earned the lone break of the entire match at 5-5 in set two with a running forehand pass. He went on to take the third in another tiebreaker, winning the last four points of it to swiftly erase a 3-3 tie.

Brands stayed strong despite the disappointment and continued to dominate on serve. Starting at 4-5, however, the world No. 120 suddenly started to lose service points. He saved one match point in the 10th game with an ace then fought off two more at 5-6. That set the stage for a dramatic tiebreaker.Tomic
Tomic trailed by an early mini-break only to seize a 6-3 lead and earn three more match points. Brands ultimately survived seven in total–three before the tiebreaker and four more in the ‘breaker at 3-6, 4-6, 5-6, and 6-7. Tomic saved a Brands’ set point at 7-8 before finally getting the job done at 9-8.

Brands recorded 23 aces to go along with 73 winners and 41 unforced errors. Tomic, who is 10-0 overall this season, finished with 59 winners and 34 errors. Next up for the world No. 43 is second-ranked Roger Federer.

Tomic quotes on the match

On Brands: “Unexpected, he played really well.”

“I was surprised the way he played today.”

“I was amazed how he could play.”

“He played like a Top 10 player today.”

” I’m happy I won in the end because he had opportunities to win.”

“Very pleased with myself. “

“10 out of 10 now with matches.”

On the break-point conversion: “It was a very good move by me.”

On the length of the match: “Physically wise I’m pretty sweet, so it doesn’t matter.”

On his own serve: “Amazing.”

“I didn’t get broken today at all, not even in the first round.  I think the last break of serve was in the quarters against Nieminen in Sydney.  I think I just got broken once there.  Tells you I’m serving really well.”

“I’m going to use all this confidence into the next round.”

On who helped him improve from last year: “Myself.”

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