Tomic wary of re­match with seeded Zverev

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.”

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