London: Bernard Tomic, the rising star of tennis world, has made it to the next round of Wimbledon after registering a win in four-set thriller against his French opponent Richard Gasquet on Saturday. Tomic managed to win the match by 7-6(7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5) in two hours and 46 minutes. The 20-year-old Australian showed a class performance against an opponent who has made it to the last 16 in the last couple of years.
Both started off well and were relying more on their serve but the opening set did put some serious pressure on Australian as he had to save three break points in the fourth game before the match went into a tie-break. Gasquet had an upper-hand as he held the set point but Tomic bounced back well to win the last three points to wind up the first set in his favour after 46 minutes.Read More
The second set brought some relief for Gasquet as he was able to level the match 1-1. He got back into the business as he saved four set points in the 10th game and broke Tomic's serve immediately for a lead of 6-5. He settled the scores with an ace after an hour and 25 minutes.
Third set was once again more off a seesaw battle till the 12th game where breakpoint came into picture for the first time in the set and Tomic made a perfect use of it to get ahead with two set points down and the Frenchman went behind again after missing a volley.
Tomic’s concentration was absolutely brilliant even after the match went in the fourth set. The Australian kept his belief of making it big and ended the day with a service winner.
Meanwhile, in the crucial match of men’s singles, it was Novak Djokovic who thrashed Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round. Djokovic squares off against German veteran Tommy Haas for a place in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile in the other match of the men’s singles, Kenny De Schepper moved into the fourth round as he beat No.22 seed Juan Monaco 6-4, 7-6(8), 6-4. He will go head to head against the unheralded world No.80 Adrian Mannarino.
In yet another tie in the men’s category, Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja in less than two hours to set up a fourth round battle with Italy’s Andreas Seppi. The Argentinian recorded a decisive 7-5 7-6(3) 6-0 win.
In another men’s tie on the sixth day of the Wimbledon, Ernests Gulbis, a second round winner over the No.6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga couldn’t continue his brilliant run as he lost to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco by 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday.
Meanwhile, in the contest of big servers, it was Tomas Berdych who ran through the Kevin Anderson for the ninth consecutive time. Berdych had enough firepower to dismantle the 27th seed despite losing the first set. He went on to win the match by 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Berdych will now face Bernard Tomic who defeated Richard Gasquet in four sets.
David Ferrer had quite a tough time against Alexandr Dolgopolov who gave him run for his money. In the course of fluctuating fortunes, it was Ferrer who had a last laugh in this five-set heart-racing thriller. Number 4 seed started off with a tie-breaker but couldn’t win the opening set. But as the match progressed, he raised the bar of his game to clinch the tie with 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in three hours and 12 minutes.