Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wimbledon Day 9: Tomic

Curtain Call

Player: Bernard Tomic
Age: 18
Nation: Australia
Current Ranking: 158
Notable Conquests: Robin Soderling (5th seed, Sweden) and Nikolay Davydenko (29th, Russia)
Today's Result: lost to Novak Djokovic (2nd, Serbia) in four sets

Photo via Tennis Australia

Tomic is destined for greatness. That much is clear. He went through qualifying, then took out two seeds. He was a bracket buster for me in taking out Soderling. Now we can add Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (12th, France) to that list. This was Tomic's first time in a Slam quarterfinal, though one doubts it will be his last. I still say he looks like Ted Williams.

Photo via Uncyclopedia

My Tennis Fantasy

Federer goes down. Let's not be too hard on him. He'll be 30 in August. The best years are past and it's unfair to judge him by the ridiculous standards he set for himself. Today was the first time he lost a Slam match after being two sets up. There will be a lot of firsts like that over the next several months. He is still Federer and thus forever capable of genius. But let's be realistic. This chapter of his story is nearing the end. I still say he packs it in after next year's US Open. Let's enjoy the end game.

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