Well, at least he played through to the end.
Such is our comment regarding Bernard Tomic, who bowed in less than an hour and a half to find himself on the wrong side of a straight set match against Germany’s Mischa Zverev. Certainly, Zverev was not one to be taken lightly, but from all appearances, it would seem as though Tomic was entirely unprepared, with the result going 6 – 4, 6 – 3, 6 – 4 in the German’s favour.
After the match, Zverev was less than complimentary of Tomic, something we feel was beneath contempt. Whatever happened to gracious in victory, along with gracious in defeat?
Zverev actually characterised Tomic as the “opposite of Rafael Nadal.”
The two men played last week in Eastbourne, where it was Tomic who emerged the winner. Tomic is much the better on grass, according to Zverev, “I know the way he plays. It’s not always easy, because it seems like, you know, maybe let’s say he’s the opposite of, let’s say, Rafa on the court with the intensity level between points especially. But he knows what to do on the grass court, knows what shots to use. He beat me quite easily a few days ago, so I was expecting very tough match.”
On a more favourable surface, Tomic should have been able to replicate his result from the last encounter, but his demeanour and body language was more the sort you might expect from another talented, but troubled, Aussie tennis player.
Tomic summoned a doctor to the court at one juncture, claiming to have suffered an injury during the warm up, but he started off well enough, leading comfortably and holding serve.
At the end, however, he was not even bothering to chase wide and short balls, and without accurate insight into his physical condition, it would seem as though Nick Kyrgios is not the only Aussie tennis player with keen tanking ability.