Australian tennis fans are going to be in for a treat today, as their biggest tennis hope, Bernard Tomic, will be up against Roger Federer in what should be a real cracker in the final session of the day.
Match: Roger Federer vs Bernard Tomic
Selection: Bernard Tomic (+2.5 sets)
Best Odds: 2.06 @ Pinnacle
Of course, it is clear who is the favourite to win in that clash, but it also needs to be emphasized that this is the ideal time for Bernard Tomic to play against the Swiss number one. He has one of the best records on the tour right now, having won ten matches row, so he will be up for this clash. After all, he has already beaten the world’s number one, Novak Djokovic, this year – so why should he be afraid of the world’s number two?
Naturally, the reality will be quite different and you cannot really compare a Hopman Cup meeting with a Grand Slam clash, but everything is nevertheless pointing in the direction of Tomic having what it takes to trouble Federer in front of his home crowd. The support is guaranteed to be massive and Tomic now has the experience to build on that, so you would certainly expect him to fight hard today.
Federer might still be one of the best players, but Tomic has the ability to put him under pressure, which was evident, for example, in their Davis Cup encounter back in 2011. Bernard Tomic won a set then and he might be able to capture one today as well. Unlike last year, he now knows how to deal with the pressure that comes on the main court and his clever style is exactly what Federer might struggle to deal with for at least one set.