MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Roger Federer dominated Australian teen Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to claim a quarterfinal spot in the Australian Open on Sunday night.
The less than two-hour match saw the Swiss Federer pick up his serve and his service return games.
“I played him before, so it wasn’t like I played him for the very first time,” said Federer.
“But obviously I knew that points were going to be played differently than the match he played with Dolgopolov. So I figured he was going to play a bit for aggressive, that it was going to be a tough match, which it was, I thought.
“Maybe the score suggested differently, but I thought we had a lot of long games, tough points, and I thought he did actually really well.”
“Just another experience of playing Roger, and, you know, tough expectations to win,” said Tomic.
“You know, I had a few chances in the first set, and, you know, it’s good to play a player like that and a player who is as good as he is and for me one of the best who has played. You learn a lot when you play him, and, you know, you just improve and see what he does and improve in your game.”
Federer will meet Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals. Del Potro defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
After moving on to the quarterfinals with a victory, Tomas Berdych was booed off the court by fans earlier in the day when he refused to shake the hand of his opponent Nicolas Almagro. Berdych said it was because he believed that Almagro had deliberately hit him with a ball during a point at the end of the fourth set.
â€œProbably whoever played the tennis knows that the court is pretty big, and you always have some space to put the ball in,â€ Berdych said to media. â€œThis is not the way how tennis is. Even if you have this point, you always have enough space to where to put the ball and not actually try to hit the other guy.â€
Almagro responded “when I win the point, I say sorry to him three or four times.â€
Berdych will get all he can handle when he faces Almagro’s countryman Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.
Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News.