Match report

Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr ©
Australian Open
3rd round
1/20/12 1 2 3 4 5 Tot
ua  Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr 6 6 6 6 3 2
au  Bernard Tomic 4 7 7 2 6 3
Bernard Tomic ©
  • Tomic wins five-set thriller over Dolgopolov

    1/20/12 2:18 PM | Cheryl Murray
    In one of the best matches of the tournament so far, Bernard Tomic upended Alexandr Dolgpolov in a tough five-set match to advance to the fourth round.

    This third round match had it all – great shots, clutch play, a rambunctious crowd and even a fifth-set controversy. At the end of the match, the total points won by the two youngsters were exactly even, with 174 each, an amazing statistic for such a long match.

    Tomic got the early break for 4-2 in the first set, but Dolgopolov rallied immediately to earn the break back again. The Ukrainian grabbed a second break in the crucial ninth game of the set and served it out to take the lead.

    The Aussie got the early break of serve in the second set also, and just like in the opener, gave it back in his next service game with a forehand error on break point. Tomic earned himself a pair of set points in Dolgopolov’s last service game before the tiebreak, but he was unable to convert. As it turned out, Dolgopolov was only delaying the inevitable. Tomic was brilliant in the 'breaker, which he won 7-0.

    The third set basically followed the formula of the second, except it was Dolgopolov who gave up the early lead. The third-set 'breaker was much more closely contested, with the first set points coming on an outrageously bad error to the open court from the Ukrainian. Dolgopolov sent a backhand into the net on set point to give Tomic a 2 sets to 1 lead.

    Dolgopolov was the better player in the fourth set, with Tomic seeming to lose concentration at 2-2 to give the Ukrainian the break. Unfortunately for Dolgopolov's camp, he had to call for a trainer to treat a lower back problem. More poor play from Tomic lead to a second service break and Dolgopolov pocketed the easiest set of the match.

    Tomic won the fifth set handily, but it wasn't without controversy. Early in the set, Tomic raised his racket to challenge a call, but chair umpire Carlos Ramos did not see him do it. The motion of the Aussie raising his racket in the air distracted Dolgopolov, who lost the point. The Ukrainian argued with Ramos, but Tomic did not admit to calling for the challenge. The Aussie went on to take the decider 6-3.

    Tomic moves into the round of 16 against Roger Federer.

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there's a much better chance of players finishing with the same amount of points in a long match than in a short match!!!!

bad decision by Ramos but not really a controversy. Did not have any impact on the outcome like in Isner-Nalbandian.

RickyDimon , 1/20/12 5:43 PM

It's not such a big issue that some people are trying to make!!

mani4Tennis , 1/20/12 5:56 PM

Tomic is acontroversial guy for sure.

He fakes tiredness against Verdasco and is too cocky and arrogant for my liking.

He deserves a beatdown and Roger is kind enough to deliver it.

bleck , 1/20/12 6:05 PM


it's just starting so don't make your decision about him so quick.

mani4Tennis , 1/20/12 7:17 PM

Tomic will be an easy customer for Fed...he is no threat for Fed...a beatdown for sure...

natashao , 1/20/12 7:19 PM

^^^ that

RickyDimon , 1/20/12 7:39 PM

Ricky, it's rare that any match finishes and the players' point totals are tied.

I would expect Federer to win, but Tomic might get a set. I wouldn't count on a beatdown.

cherylmurray , 1/20/12 8:39 PM

i didn't say it wasn't rare

i said it's much more likely for the point totals to be tied in a long match than a short match, which is obviously true

RickyDimon , 1/20/12 10:00 PM

I never would have been able to stay up long enough to see this match. I went to sleep after Tomic won that second set tiebreak. I know that they replayed it today earlier on espn2, but I got up late. I will wait for the replay on the tennis channel.

From what I did get to see, it was great. I am not surprised that it went the distance.

I have said before that I don't like Tomic. I want to see for myself what happened with that controversial call. I can appreciate his tennis, but not how he conducts himself.

I fully expect Fed to be ready for Tomic. I can see Fed coming out aggressive and not letting Tomic get in the match. He knows what it's about when you play the hometown favorite. I wouldn't mind seeing a beatdown. Let the Master show the kid how it's done.

Nativenewyorker , 1/20/12 10:06 PM

I agree... kid is prepotent and arrogant... and I am sure that Fed will teach him some lesson... ofc. in three sets and effortless.
GO FED... ( OMG...what am I saying...)

zare , 1/20/12 10:48 PM

not sure why so much hate for Tomic

but yeah, Federer is going to roast him

RickyDimon , 1/20/12 11:01 PM

I don't know Tomics history, and I understand he was a bit of a brat in the juniors, but I haven't seen anything close to that on court, and I'm looking! The kid is just 19. Rare is the kid who doesn't deserve a little redemption, and really Fed can afford to gift one set.

Maya , 1/21/12 1:54 AM

It seems to me that most of the "issues" with Tomic have actually been more of his father misbehaving than him doing it. Kid is 19, he deserves a little latitude.

cherylmurray , 1/21/12 3:28 AM

^^ Thank you. He's 19, most of you are much older, so maybe he needs a break. But I was rooting for Dolgo, pity he lost. Let's hope Tomic makes a match of it against Fed, all it takes is some motivation.

samprallica , 1/21/12 5:10 AM

I don't like someone who acts like he has done something before he has actually done it. Confidence and self-belief are good qualities to have, but if it's just about being cocky and arrogant, no thank you.

How come Rafa didn't act like that when he was a teenager? What about Fed? What about Borg when he was first starting out? I could name more great champions. Why should I give Tomic a break because he's still a teenager? These other guys didn't act like they were all that when they started out.

I will wait to see how Tomic progresses. It's what he does on the court that will impress me, not what he says.

Did I really say before that I want Fed to give Tomic a beatdown? I am getting like zare! :)

Are we losing our minds?


Nativenewyorker , 1/21/12 6:15 AM

Sorry, I don't know where the word "Let" got in my last post. Please ignore.

Nativenewyorker , 1/21/12 6:18 AM

Lol, well Native I see your point, and Tomic's behaviour was quite wrong - I acknowledge that. BUT.... Federer's behaviour wasn't squeaky clean (but I definitely prefer him to the post no.1 Federer; was a lot more real) until he became no.1, people have differing views about Rafa and I'm too young to know about Borg :) I'm not saying Tomic was right, but maybe he'll change. Not optimistic though, seen a lot of ex-juniors saying this type of thing is the norm with him.

samprallica , 1/21/12 6:27 AM

NNY - Federer was AWFUL as a teenager. Just awful.

RickyDimon , 1/21/12 6:31 AM

Guys 'n Gals cut him some slack! Too judgemental here. Go Tomic! Not that I think he has a snowflake in hell's chance!

deuce , 1/21/12 7:01 AM

yep, hopefully tomic'll at least rough up roger a little, force smoe sweat stains on his nice creased shirts ... then maybe delpo can come in after and give him a bit of a mugging. but apart from that I wish roger all the best - lol:)
have to say though, I loved his cheeky lob ysterday to win set 1.

alex , 1/21/12 7:31 AM

beatdown from Roger? you guys really think Roger will thrash him? I mean Roger will win..but I think it can go to 4 or even f 3, it can be tight

Tomic feeds on crowd support..he loves it and he has shown decent maturity and toughness for a 19 year old..he doesn't panic too..

sanju , 1/21/12 7:55 AM

Sadly, I think Tomic is in for a tennis lesson. I predict a maximum of 6 games for Tomic.

nadline , 1/21/12 8:34 AM

sanju, Tomic is just too passive, when he shouldn't be, at the moment and I think Fed will play aggressively and pounce. Agree with nadline, though I hope for a few more than 6!

deuce , 1/21/12 8:37 AM


What did Fed do when he was young? I don't remember anything when he first came on the scene. Did I miss something?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but for me I have always disliked players who run off at the mouth, act up on court, are rude or ill-mannered or unsportsmanlike. I felt like this when I was much younger and nothing has changed. I have been consistent in not liking the drama and histrionics.


They called Borg "ice borg" because he was so calm, cool and unemotional on court. He was the opposite of Connors and McEnroe. Then there was Ilie Nastase, who was in a class all by himself. An absolute lunatic on court. He's why they created the code of conduct.

I understand where you are coming from with Fed. He has said things that have been annoying to me. He can be arrogant, however look at what he has accomplished in this sport! If Tomic can do 1% of what Fed has done, then he can have all the attitude he wants.

This is my preference. It has to do with the way I was brought up. Others see it differently and have their own opinions. I respect what everyone thinks. Just saying how I see it.

If Tomic proves himself on the tennis court, I will be the first one to congratulate him.

Nativenewyorker , 1/21/12 9:43 AM

wasnt this the same Tomic who took a set off Nole in Wimby and really pushed him hard? Why cant he trouble Fed then?

sanju , 1/21/12 10:09 AM

sanju, I think there is so much hype surrounding Tomic that when the big players meet him for the first time the are a bit worried about the 'What If' I should lose to him, because nothing is impossible. They get the maesure of him after the first match and I thnk after that they will wipe him off the court, because he doesn't have a pungent game as such he's got a good serve but he benefits from his opponents making mistakes. I won't even call it defensive play, because he doesn't take any risks.

nadline , 1/21/12 10:25 AM

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