Friday, 20 January 2012

Tomic battles past Dolgopolov

In a thrilling and controversial 5 set match, that could have gone either way, Tomic sealed the match with amazing finishing shots 4-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-3.    
Bernard Tomic had never won against the Ukrainian and 13th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov but with the crowed behind him the match was always going to be close.  Dolgopolov took control of the 1st set winning 6-4 in 42 minutes with very aggressive tennis.  But the home favourite battled back to win the next two sets on the tiebreaker with a stunning array of shot making, which Dolgopolov had no answer too. 
In what looked to be a 4 set win for Tomic, Dolgopolov managed to fight back after an injury time out with the Aussie giving way thinking the final set showdown was inevitable after a loss of concentration.  The Ukrainian taking the 4th set, 6-2. 
In the electrifying final set, controversy was created by the confident Tomic after he appeared to challenge a ball midpoint, raising his racket and looking at the umpire, Carlos Ramos.  However no verbal communication was made, and so after a backhand error by Dolgopolov he was understandably fuming with the point not been stopped for a challenge.  This looked to throw the 13th seed as he went a break down which led Bernard Tomic to have a 5-3 lead giving him the chance to serve for the match.  Tomic continued with his calculated and fearless play to create 2 match points.  Tomic failed to take his first chance after being played out of position by Dolgopolov.  But he took the second after Dolgopolov missed a return of serve to take the match and create a 4th round match up against Roger Federer . 

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