Tomic Falls Short In Sydney

The last of the Aussie men bows out of the Sydney Int'l.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Bernard Tomic has been eliminated from the Sydney International quarter-finals in a thrilling showdown against Gilles Muller on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old failed to capitalise on a number of match-saving chances, falling just short in in a marathon second set tiebreaker to lose 7-6 7-6.

Other than a scare in the fourth game, when he almost gave up a three-point lead on serve, Tomic was able to confidently force a first set tiebreaker where he took a 2-1 advantage before dropping five of the next six points (7-3) to fall behind a set.

He fought back from 15-40 to save a break in the first game of the second set and saved two match points in 12th game to force the tiebreaker, setting up a brutal 15-13 Muller win in the decider.

“It was really exciting,” Muller said on-court after emerging from the epic tiebreaker. “It was really nice to play in front of the crowd today. It’s my second time in Sydney, the first time I lost in the first round, so I’m very happy I’m doing well here.”

When asked if he was aware that he had achieved a near 80 percent first serve success rate against Tomic, the 31-year-old chuckled while responding, “That’s not bad”, over the applause of the spectators at Ken Rosewall Arena.

Mulller will meet qualifier Viktor Troicki in the semi-final after the Serbian defeated Italian Simone Bolelli 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-1.

“I haven’t played (Troicki) yet, but I know him and he’s a very good player,” Muller said of the matchup. “He’s coming back also after being out for a while and you could see right away that he’s a top player and it’s going to be a very tough match. He’s a tough fighter, very solid on the baseline, so I guess I will have to serve again like today.”

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