• Federer, Tomic collide in Australian Open third round

    1/18/13 3:51 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer, Tomic collide in Australian Open third round The matchup everyone anticipated--for very different reasons--when the draw was revealed will take place on Saturday. Roger Federer and Bernard Tomic are going head-to-head in Melbourne.

    It will be the four-time champion against a player many--but certainly not all--in Australia hope is an Australian Open champion in the making.

    Roger Federer and Bernard Tomic are set for their third career encounter, which will come during third-round action on Friday. Federer leads the head-to-head series 3-0, having prevailed in a four-set Davis Cup rubber on grass in 2011 before rolling last year at the Australian Open and in Cincinnati.

    Both men are showcasing stellar tennis at the moment. Federer did not play any warmup events, but he did not come close to losing a set--nor did he even drop serve--in victories over Benoit Paire and Nikolay Davydenko. The world No. 2 faced only three break points in round one and allowed Davydenko zero break chances.

    Tomic is 16 spots off his career-high ranking at No. 43 in the world, but there is no denying he is in peak form right now. The 20-year-old Australian captured his first career ATP title last week in Sydney and so far in Melbourne he has taken out Leonardo Mayer and an in-form Daniel Brands. Counting the Hopman Cup team competition, Tomic is 10-0 in 2012.

    "10 out of 10 now with matches," Tomic emphasized. "I feel so confident. This is the perfect time to play him. I think I've got a good attitude to win. I've beaten a lot of good players over the last past two weeks. I think I can do it. I'm ready."

    "I think there's always excitement about Aussies playing here," Federer commented. "I played him here last year. The crowd was great. I played him in Davis Cup. Crowds were fair there, too. I expect something similar. If it's not, if it's totally for him, that's fine too. I'm always excited when the crowd gets into it.

    "I'm looking forward to the match. I'm sure it's going to be a lot of attention, hopefully a lot of TV viewers as well. Hopefully we're going to live up to the expectations and live up to the match. Hopefully it's not going to be a bad match. I don't want that to happen."

    That depends what Federer means by "bad." The quality should be impressive with both players on top of their games, but the Swiss will likely do his part to make this one considerably lopsided. Federer has far more experience in slams and Tomic, although playing well, may still be a ways away from challenging the game's elite.

    Count on the favorite advancing in straight sets.

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I hope Federer gives that arrogant kid a good beating today, but I have the feeling Tomic is going to give some pretty decent fight.

Emiliano55 , 1/18/13 1:21 PM

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