Tomic ready to halt FedEx


Peak: Bernard Tomic ready for Federer. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Peak: Bernard Tomic ready for Federer. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Bernard Tomic is backing his lethal serve to bring down whomever stands in his way at the Australian Open.

The red-hot Tomic crunched 26 aces and didn't drop serve once while racking up his 10th straight win of the summer yesterday to book a likely third-round blockbuster with Roger Federer.

"That's probably the best I've ever served," Tomic said after keeping his cool in heatwave conditions to see off inspired German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8) in two hours and 55 minutes.

"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 [Jarkko] 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 in the next round. Potentially who waits there, we'll see."

The tennis world is waiting to see Tomic face Federer.

The 17-times grand slam champion carried an imposing 17-2 win-loss record into his second-round clash late yesterday against Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko and, having won his last 76 service games, took another victory.

"Ten out of 10 now with matches [this summer]. I feel so confident," Tomic said.

"This is the perfect time to play him [Federer]. I've got a good attitude to win. I've beaten a lot of good players over the last past two weeks, especially Novak [Djokovic in Perth].

"I think I can do it if he wins his match. I'm ready."

Tomic's latest win was his 13th straight since his last defeat in Australia - to Federer in Melbourne last year.

It took eight match points to achieve and at times Tomic also found it almost impossible to make inroads on Brands' serve yesterday morning.

But the Queenslander achieved the only break of the match and won both tie-breakers to advance to the last 32 of his home slam for the third year in a row.

Brands took the opening set in a tie-breaker without offering up a solitary break point and the two continued to hold serve with ease right up until the 11th game of the second set when the Australian turned the match with a flash of brilliance.

Tomic whipped a running forehand pass down the line to finally gain a break for 6-5 and held his nerve to serve out the set love-30 down.

Suddenly the match was back on level terms after an hour and 24 minutes.

"It's very difficult when you get a set down in these conditions," Tomic said. "I was able to turn it around in the second set."

Brands didn't drop a single point on serve in the third set until double-faulting on the opening point of the pivotal tie-breaker.

The mini break was all Tomic needed as he served out the set to nudge ahead for the first time.

The 120th-ranked Brands came up with booming deliveries to his first seven match points and Tomic had to fend off a set point of his own at 7-8 down in the tie-breaker.

But eight match points were enough as Brands fired a forehand long, and Tomic advanced. AAP


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