Tomic admits unnerved by Federer records

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  1. Jackuar

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    Tomic in his post match interview:

    A lot of players, when you play these sorts of players like Roger or Novak (Djokovic), you lose belief before you get into the match," Tomic said.

    "Eighty or ninety per cent of players that play the top guys, like with Roger, you lose your belief.

    "I got in there... they mentioned all these Grand Slams... Wimbledon champion seven times, five times US Open champion. Then I was, 'Oh, crap, it's Roger'.

    "I try to block out who's on the other side of the net but I couldn't quite do it after that announcement. Then that first service game was important. I lost it and then I was like, 'Oh no.
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    How true is that, isn't it? Even though its top 4 who seem to have a big halo around their heads, that really scares s**t out of others just when seeing them on the other side of the net, its even more prominent with Nadal and Federer.

    Btw, do you think Tomic will break that mental barrier and make it through?
    And another btw, Fed will not win this AO. Its so bad seeing him hit his forehands that are already dead and just sent across... He ain't getting nowhere beyond semis.
     
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  2. Clarky21

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    Ferrer is a slam champion?
     
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  3. luvforty

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    that's pretty lame.... losing aint got much to do with that... the top guys are just better players.
     
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  4. pvaudio

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    I wish I could be elated that Federer smacked some sense into the kid, but it has been a foregone conclusion that I don't care about. When you don't show respect towards someone who has rewritten your sport and talk about how you know how to beat them, it's pretty obvious you're clueless. There was no way he wouldn't get mentally bogged down in the fact that a. he'd been running his mouth b. it IS a lot different playing in a GS than in an exho.
     
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  5. Gonzalito17

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    Tomic is still young, he's human. He has to get a little meaner and a little scrappier. Plays tennis like he doens't want to get dirty.
     
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  6. dominikk1985

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    ferrer is not in the top4 yet and even if he makes it nobody will consider him a true top4 guy since he is only there because nadal is away.
     
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  7. RAFA2005RG

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    Let's see if Raonic has the same problem. This is a great comparison between the 2 young guns.
     
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  8. pvaudio

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    Reality that Tomic isn't anything special yet finally hit you?
     
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  9. Cesc Fabregas

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    Tomic is better than Raonic.
     
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  10. Onehandedbackhand

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    I believe he's a top 4 because he's playing like one, regardless how he got there.

    He sure as hell didn't back his way in.

    That said, he'd need a slam to become in that line of truly dangerous.
     
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  11. RAFA2005RG

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    My prediction is the same now as it always has been - Nadal, Murray and Tomic are the only slam-winners from 2013-2015. I never said Tomic would win a slam in 2013 :lol:

    And I certainly never said Tomic would beat Federer!
     
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  12. joeri888

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    You gonna stop predicting if Murray doesnt win AO?
     
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  13. TMF

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    Even if that was true, it doesn't mean all players are the same. Soderling wasn't unnerved against Nasdal in 2009 FO, and Fed wasn't either against Sampras in 2001 Wimbledon. Maybe it was an excuse from Tomic to explain why he lost, rather than just say Roger is a lot better than him.
     
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  14. Phoenix1983

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    I'm glad that Fed put Tomug firmly in his place.
     
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  15. Steve0904

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    I agree, but I think Raonic has a better chance against Fed if only for the serve.
     
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  16. nethawkwenatchee

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    You bring up a good point. It makes me think about Raonic matched up with Murray at the US Open last year. The Slams are a tough place to break through against the best players.
     
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  17. NadalAgassi

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    at what. Poker or checkers or loudmouthing. Since he sure isnt better at tennis.
     
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  18. Steve0904

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    Tomic has a better all around game than Milos, but Milos has the serve which makes up for everything. Overall I think Tomic is better now if we look at it from the all around game perspective, and I think Tomic will eventually be better than Milos regardless of the differences in serve.
     
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  19. single_handed_champion

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    Good lesson for Tomic. He has learnt what it takes to beat players a level or two below the best, but he needs o finetune everything to beat the very best on the big stages. I think he is a better player this year and could have won 1 set in this match. It is a pleasant surprise to see he is capable of playing from far behind the baseline (while still stepping in occasionally) like against Brands and also consistently closer to it like in this match, which was his only chance anyway. Maybe he needs to work on a single strategy because switching between them too much will result n key errors in matches.

    I thought Roger did what was necessary. Very few errors, considering how Tomic kept hitting wide to his forehand, and excellent serving. Also some sick defense.
     
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  20. Day Tripper

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    After last night's match I agree. Tomic could develop into a very good player. I haven't seen anything from Raonic except a great serve. Can't see how he will break Roger's serve.
     
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  21. augustobt

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    That's not hard, Federer didn't serve well last night. But against Milos is a different match.
     
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    nadal is away ??

    you mean with cronic long term injuries.
     
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  23. tennisBIEST

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    Okay so I watched the replay of the match and my observations are that Tomic needs to work on foot speed and flexibility i.e. Djoker. Fed was the better mover. IMO Tomic had a number of opportunities especially 2nd set tb. 3rd set he went on a walkabout!
     
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  24. Jeffrey573639

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    I think he was mentally gone at that stage. Whether you can empathize or not, he aquainted himself well yesterday- basically played at his max for two sets. And whilst I agree Fed and Djoker are miles ahead in terms of movement/flexibility, Tomic is pretty damn tall
     
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  25. Amelie Mauresmo

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    Tomic is definitely talented BUT I think he puts too much pressure on himself boasting about his skills prior to the Federer match. All Tomic did was fire Roger up. Roger was determined to show Tomic he has a ways to go before he reaches the elite level.

    Tomic is good but I don't like how people are attacking Milos Raonic here. Milos is already in the top 20 he's ranked number 15 and he's more consistent than Tomic. Tomic does not have Milos weapons and to beat the best you need weapons. Milos already has a winning record against Andy Murray 2-1 in care people have forgotten. Also, Milos has pushed Federer much harder than Tomic has. Tomic has not even taken a set off of Federer and Raonic has three times already. Federer does not like facing powerful players like Raonic who have the ability to hit him off the court.
     
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  26. SwankPeRFection

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    lol, maybe he should have shut his mount in that first interview he had last week where he was talking smack about the 3rd round. Looks to me like the old man smacked that smartass around a bit and taught him a lesson yesterday.
     
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  27. veroniquem

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    "smacked"? The first 2 sets were tight. Nothing like a spanking at all.
     
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  28. Prisoner of Birth

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    The third? :twisted:
     
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  29. veroniquem

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    Yeah, he got gassed. He hasn't built that much endurance yet. But before that, the match was pretty competitive.
     
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  30. Prisoner of Birth

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    Even if he was gassed, he still got spanked.
     
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  31. veroniquem

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    Only in the last set. Much better than last year. And he was close to getting the 2nd. I think he'll get a set off Fed soon if they play again.
     
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  32. Prisoner of Birth

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    Yeah, 2 years from now he'll start winning, I think.
     
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    It's amazing that he hadn't heard about Federer's achievements before the on court intros. Kid needs to learn to read and buy a newspaper.
     
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  34. Chanwan

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    No Djokovic??
     
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  35. veroniquem

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    Ha ha, long before that I believe.
     
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  36. Defcon

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    The loudmouth moron is just trying to do some damage control after opening his big mouth. No respect = loser. It's good to have confidence but he was trash talking and boasting.
     
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  37. Prisoner of Birth

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    In best-of-5 sets? No way.
     
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    I was thinking best of 3 in the near future. Best of 5 will take a bit longer.
     
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  39. Prisoner of Birth

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    Best of 3, possible in a year, but I still say 2 years.
     
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  40. veroniquem

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    Not that long imo. We'll see.
     
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  41. ruerooo

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    'Tomic admits unnerved by Federer records'

    LOL. I kind of thought that might happen. I listened to that list and I was like "That would unnerve me if I were playing him."
    And then I saw Baby BrAT's face.
    :)

    Tennis. Not just a physical game.
     
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  42. JustBob

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    Lesser/younger players being intimidated by great players before they even step onto the court is nothing new. And it's not just in tennis either.
     
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  43. smoledman

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    Tennis is 50% mental. Tomic is a child in that department.
     
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  44. RF-17-GOAT

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    Excuses excuses.
     
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  45. cc0509

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    Definitely. Those comments Tomic made fired Federer up for sure. Federer was NOT losing that match.
     
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  46. slal1984

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    Tomic has really put is some serious effort into developing his game this off-season. But he still starts pushing every now and then, kinda like Monfils, even though they can both hit the ball pretty big.
     
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