Tense test is learning curve for Tomic

2013 AEGON International, Bernard TOMIC, Julien BENNETEAU, Players

By Xavier Harley-Rudd

Bernard TomicBernard Tomic made it rare back-to-back wins to roar into the quarter-finals of the AEGON International, but had to battle through a tense tiebreak to see off Julien Benneteau.

The Australian followed on from his first victory in virtually two months by adding the scalp of the French ace 6-2 5-7 7-6, taking the tiebreak 7-4 in a match that should have really been concluded in straight set.

Tomic soared away with the first set and lead 4-1 in the second, but the world no32 hit a purple match to force a decisive set.

The last time that the 20-year-old registered back-to-back wins was in February, but since then he has suffered on court and off court drama – including controversy surrounding his father and coach John, who was watching courtside following an ATP ban for accreditation pending a court case over alleged assault.

Tomic said: “I thought I had already won the match and took my foot off the pedal. Then before you know it, he goes for his shots and breaks you.

“Then he gets the firepower to play, and from there he started playing ridiculous – some of those volleys he was making were probably some of the best I’ve ever seen.

“But being up a set and 4-1 then I should have won it comfortably. I’m lucky and somehow I pulled it through in the end. I have learned something today, that I need to focus more when I’m winning.”

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