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Breaking News: Bernard Tomic Has Won A Match

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By Scoop Malinowski

Bernard Tomic, with his ranking plummeting and career nosediving, has won his first match since late June. Tomic’s triumph came today in the first round in Tokyo, a 63 36 63 win against Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

Tomic has struggled mightily since the summer, losing first rounds in his last four events. Tomic’s last win came in the round of sixteen in Eastbourne, a three setter vs Mischa Zverev. Since Eastbourne, Tomic has lost first round at Wimbledon (to M Zverev in straight sets), first round US Open (To G Muller in four sets) and first round in Chengdu (to K Edmund in two sets).

The 24-year-old Tomic was ranked his career highest 17 in 2016 but with poor results his ranking has falled to a disastrous 162 right now. Tomic’s next match in Tokyo will be the winner of Young vs Schwartzman.

Now 10-17 on the year, it’s a positive sign that Tomic is playing ATP main draws which suggests he’s serious about reviving his career after hitting rock bottom at Wimbledon where he infamously revealed he doesn’t always care whether he wins or loses.

Tomic has won three career ATP singles titles and his overall W/L record 169-156 with over $5 million in career prize earnings.

While the win today vs Sousa is a confidence builder, it was not exactly unexpected. Tomic beat Sousa last year and in 2015, both in straight sets, both on hard courts.

For Tomic to regain respect in the ATP locker room and to rebuild his abysmal ranking, he will need sustain positive results over an extended period.

It remains unknown if Tomic can summon the fighting spirit and burning desire that will be required for him to regain his lost status as an elite player on the ATP World Tour.

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58 comments

  • Dan Markowitz · October 4, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Geez, I don’t know how Brydan Klein stays on tour. The guy won his first round match against the Czech in Stockton this week, Satral, and then today against Norrie, who won Tiburon last week, he was dominating.

    Brydan was up 5-1 in the first set and had to fight off a break point at 5-4 to win the first set. Then he loses the second set in a breaker and loses 6-4 in the third set. The guy just is going through a real bad stretch and while he’s a fine player, he doesn’t have won really big weapon and he’s not the fittest or fastest guy on tour so even though he’s a tenacious competitor, he’s like #180.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Not such a bad loss for Klein because Norris is red hot right now. But it's another excruciating failure in another close match. These are the kinds of match wins he needs to make a move up the rankings. Once again he blows the opportunity. Yet he still believes and will keep battling. Satral is pretty good, I saw him win a round or two at US Open qualies and then he won the first set off Shapavolov in the third round of qualies. He beat a good player the round previous but I forget who it was.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 4, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Soderling quitting after destroying a tournament is one of the most mysteriously sudden retirements in tennis history. Let's put it that way. Fed nearly lost to Tipsy, so what? Like I said, everyone plays the match of their career vs Roger. Sampras had stretches like that in his prime, yet he never made excuses.

  • Front242 · October 5, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Last post from me on this 'cos frankly I think it's just plain stupid for people to imply Federer made up mono as an excuse. Going by that amazing theory that because Federer beat Santoro easily there was nothing wrong him then I guess Nadal winning his first 2 rounds of RG 2016 easily and then retiring with a wrist injury in round 3 was an excuse too. Btw, beating Santoro easily isn't exactly an extraordinary claim to fame. He was a crafty player but he was no GOAT and lacked the firepower needed to trouble Federer any way whatsoever.

  • scoopmalinowski · October 5, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I dont believe everything i hear from a player after he loses. The greater player doesnt always win. And the weaker player doesnt always lose.

  • Dan Markowitz · October 5, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Big win by The Koz. I didn’t think he could beat Kudla. What does this show? At the Open Qualis, The Koz looked dead in the water, but he obviously revamped his game in one month and is playing well.

    I caught the Klein-Norrie match on the ATP site, and it was a good one. I could tell when Brydan went from being up 5-1 to having to stave off a break point or else the set would’ve been tied at 5-5, he was in trouble, but he fought through the end.

  • Ricardo · October 5, 2017 at 10:03 am

    scoop said:

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Soderling quitting after destroying a tournament is one of the most mysteriously sudden retirements in tennis history. Let's put it that way. Fed nearly lost to Tipsy, so what? Like I said, everyone plays the match of their career vs Roger. Sampras had stretches like that in his prime, yet he never made excuses.Click to expand…

    hard to believe Fed would have a doctor make up a medical examination so he can find excuse for losing a tennis match. If that was the case then he needed tonnes of excuses for matches lost…even to nobodies let alone to great players. Hell that year he even lost to Andy "i own you" Roddick, first time in like 5 years!

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 5, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    dan, do you think Kozlov was hitting his fh bigger? It is a very important win for Kozlov. He looked like a weaponless broken dispirited player at US Open. To get two quick wins in his first event back is very very important for him.

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