“I definitely think I have the game, and if I get the mental state, to win a major in the next hopefully two years.” That’s what an 18-year-old Bernard Tomic said after his incredible Wimbledon run came to an end in the quarter finals at the hands of Novak Djokovic in 2011.
Unfortunately, his development hasn’t been as rapid as he or many Australians may have predicted, but four years on from his heroics at The All England Club, Tomic has rediscovered the form that once filled the nation with great hope. But again it’s the world No.1 standing in his way. Tomic knows he’s up against it.
He knows it will take something special to upset the reigning champion. But he also believes that “something special” is what he can do. “Him on grass, for me I have more chance, but he’s the best player in the world and it’s a very tough match,” Tomic said.
“I mean if he’s No.1, he’s obviously there for a reason. You know, what a player he is. But, you know, I know at my level, if I’m playing good on my day, I can beat him.” Four years ago Tomic went down in four sets