Wimbledon 2011: Teenage qualifier Tomic marches into last 8

first_imgAustralian qualifier Bernard Tomic came up with amazing passing shots towards the close to prevail over Xavier Malisse 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 and enter the quarter-finals on Monday.Riding on the support from a sizeable Aussie crowd, Tomic, who was born in Germany before emigrating to Gold Coast, Australia, played with freedom and passion.Having dumped fifth seed Robin Soderling in straight sets on Saturday, Tomic needed just an hour and 21 minutes to do the damage.Standing at six feet four inches, Tomic loved the big match pressure on Court 18 where people could watch the action from close. The last time a qualifier reached this far was in 2000 when Vladimir Voltchkov was on song.With this success, Tomic replaces Lleyton Hewitt as the Australian No. 1 in rankings, though after winning junior Grand Slam titles, he was always tipped to be a player with potential.Malisse argued a lot over the line calls in the first set and was unhappy with his racquet string tension.”Maybe the stringer is Australian,” the Belgian said to the chair umpire at one point.Xavier Malisse returns to Bernard Tomic during their fourth round match at Wimbledon on Monday. AP”I never thought I would be here in the second week. I am looking forward to playing on Wednesday and I have never been happier,” said Tomic.The 18-year-old Australian qualifier is the youngest quarter- finalist since Boris Becker in 1986.In the next round, Tomic will face Novak Djokovic, who defeated France’s Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.advertisementSecond seed Djokovic beat an out-of-form Llodra.Local favourite Andy Murray also made it to the last eight with a 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet.Murray, the fourth seed, didn’t have much problems with the 30- degree Centre Court heat as he made short work of 17th seed Gasquet.Murray, attempting become Britain’s first men’s Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936, has now reached his fourth consecutive quarter-final.In the last eight, Murray will clash against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, who beat Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot five sets.Lopez, who put out three-time runner-up Andy Roddick in the third round, recovered from two sets to love down defeat Polish qualifier Kubot 3-6, 6-7(5/ 7), 7-6(9/ 7), 7-5, 7-5.”I thought it was good. think I served well, and I got a lot of free points off that,” said Murray, who is yet make a Wimbledon final.Murray also admitted was left red- faced by his unkempt appearance when he was introduced to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”If I’d known they were coming, I would have shaved. I was thinking myself as I came off.”I was sweaty and very hairy. I said to them, ‘I’m sorry, I’m a bit sweaty’. But, yeah, it was really nice,” said the Scot.Results:Men’s singles fourth round: Andy Murray (GBR x4) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x17) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-2; Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Lukasz Kubot (POL) 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 7-5, 7-5; Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Xavier Malisse (BEL) 6-1, 7-5, 6-4; Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Michael Llodra (FRA x19) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3last_img

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