Tomic wary of rematch with seeded Zverev
BERNARD Tomic will carry mixed messages into a daunting first- round Wimbledon match against German veteran Mischa Zverev tonight.
Tomic spanked Zverev 6- 3 6- 2 in Eastbourne last week, but the Queenslander conceded taming the crafty lefthander over five sets would be a different challenge.
“I played pretty well in East- bourne, won some matches, which is what I needed there,” Tomic said.
“Playing Zverev again is not easy because he’s, in my opinion, a top- 10, top- 15 player on grass.
“He’s tricky on this surface. He plays the right game to play on this surface.
“He’s been playing the best in his career, made the quar- ters of the Australian Open, beat ( Andy) Murray, so this match is tough, regardless of whether I beat him last week.
“I have to play well because it’s Wimbledon and everybody is going to play their best here and he plays the right game, so it’s not easy.”
Zverev, the 27th seed, is the only top- 30 player Tomic has defeated this season.
The Gold Coaster revealed he was suffering burnout after hitting the wall late last year.
Since returning to grass, he has started to lift from his rut.
“I played well in the first round ( in Eastbourne) against a quality player ( Norbert Gombos) in my opinion,” he said. “To beat Zverev was good and I had a chance against Gael ( Monfils) as well.
“I had two set points in the first and lost that.
“And, having to play two matches in the one day, I was a bit tired.
“But I’ve been playing well in the last month, beat some quality players on grass and I just feel it’s an opportunity now. It’s not easy because, in my opinion, he’s a very tough grasscourt player to play.”