“It was difficult to play aggressive against him, he gives you all kinds of stuff - like I do. I guess that's why guys don't like to play me.”Bernard Tomic
Australian Bernard Tomic has battled his way to a quarterfinal spot with a come-from-behind win over Israeli Dudi Sela at the Thailand Open on Thursday.
Tomic struggled but eventually came out a 4-6 6-3 6-4 second-round winner over Sela after nearly two and a half hours.
Eighth-seeded Tomic, whose own game gives opponents no chance to find their rhythm, found he was facing a mirror image of himself – and the 19-year-old admitted that he didn’t like it one bit.
“It was difficult to play aggressive against him, he gives you all kinds of stuff – like I do. I guess that’s why guys don’t like to play me.
“He gives you a lot of low balls that I don’t like. It was tight in the second and third sets, I was too defensive in the first set, but he doesn’t give you the chance to play aggressive with his style.
“It was tough for me, he’s been around and is tough to play,” said Tomic, who has now reached the quarterfinals in just four of his 22 tournaments in 2012.
The Queenslander, who is ranked 41st and the only teenager in the ATP top 50, will play for a semifinal spot against either French second seed Richard Gasquet or Grigor Dimitrov.