• Murray takes on Tomic at Sony Open

    3/23/13 7:43 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Murray takes on Tomic at Sony Open Andy Murray will kick off his 2013 Miami campaign on Saturday. Up first for Murray following a bye is Bernard Tomic.

    Andy Murray and Bernard Tomic will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash in round two of the Sony Open on Saturday. Murray won their only previous encounter 6-3, 6-2 last year in Brisbane.

    The third-ranked Scot opened his season by triumphing in Brisbane and finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Murray took an extended break before reaching the Indian Wells quarterfinals, where he lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in three sets.

    Tomic, the Sydney champion from two months ago, improved to 11-5 for the season by holding off qualifier Marc Gicquel 7-5, 7-6(3) on Thursday. The 20-year-old Australian is looking to better his Indian Wells result, which as a second-round loss to Richard Gasquet.

    "I haven't seen him play that much outside of Australia," Murray said of Tomic. "But he's a very, very talented player. He makes it tough for everyone. He's got a very unorthodox game style."

    This is not an easy draw for Murray, but he feels right at home in Miami and is a former champion of this event (2009). Furthermore, he has a big opportunity for another title with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal not participating. Look for an inspired Murray to advance in straight sets.

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Thought this would be really good but Tomic was so awful, surely he must be injured? If not shocking :(
But hey a wins a win. Let's Go Andy

deuce , 3/23/13 9:05 PM

Someone in the chat room said, "If Tomic is the future of the ATP, the WTA is gonna be a lot more popular."
Had to laugh.

deuce , 3/23/13 9:12 PM

Andy looks to be more focused and playing better in Miami. I watched his post-match interview on the tennis channel and he said that being in Miami is great for him. He knows the court, knows the conditions and seems to be comfortable.

This is why I am not a fan of Tomic, nor do I believe that he will do well in this sport. He can be amazing or quite dreadful. I also question his work ethic and ability to commit to the practice, hard work and disclipline required to succeed in the sport.

Tomic's poor play doesn't take anything away from Andy's win.

Nativenewyorker , 3/24/13 3:14 AM

I think the Rafa-Nole-Muzz era will be succeeded by a weak era. Don't see any Rafas or Noles or Muzzas or Feds in Tomic, Raonic, Dimitrov, Harrison etc.
Super talent is obvious even when the stars are in their teens even if they don't win a slam as a teenager eg Fed, Nole, Muzz, Agassi.....

holdserve , 3/24/13 3:32 AM

The crowd booed Tomic when it was obvious he tanked the last few games.

chr18 , 3/24/13 5:22 PM

I think Muzz will win the whole thing.

holdserve , 3/24/13 5:38 PM

@ Holdserve,

I said that from the very beginning!!

Monalysa , 3/24/13 6:23 PM

I like the look of this David Goffin! He just beat Kohlschreiber in three sets, not bad at all!

rbennett , 3/24/13 6:36 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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