Tomic’s US Open run comes to a close
Richard Gasquet produced a commanding performance to eliminate a drained Bernard Tomic from the US Open.
Update 6am: Richard Gasquet put in a commanding show on Grandstand court to eliminate Bernard Tomic from the US Open in straight sets.
Playing first up on a sunny Saturday in New York, all facets of the Frenchman’s game were firing in a 6-4 6-3 6-1 win, achieved in just 89 minutes.
“I was trying but I was very tired and I couldn’t keep up with the ball speed,” Tomic admitted.
“I was serving well, feeling good. But today, not that I was playing very bad but I just couldn’t find the momentum at the right time. He was playing very, very good tennis.”
In the second, a combination of his winners and Tomic’s listless errors combined to hand him an immediate service break.
Tomic was always playing catch up, and although he showed flashes of brilliance, he couldn’t summon the form that has been a feature of his career-best season in 2015.
He was struggling physically, complaining that he wasn’t getting anything out of his legs.
“I thought I would feel good (after the Hewitt match) … (but) today I was going for it too early because I just didn’t have the legs to stay with him,” Tomic
Falling behind 15-40 in the ninth game of the second set and facing two set points, Tomic found his vaunted serve and saved them both. Yet two quick errors handed Gasquet a two-sets-to-love lead.
In the second game of the third set, the pair played a magnificent point that will end up on the tournament’s highlight reel.
Gasquet chased down a short angled shot from Tomic and guided a winner around the net post, ending up on the Aussie’s side of the net. The two men bumped fists in a feel-good moment that the crowd lapped up.
“You don’t see that every day. For everyone it was huge. I’d like to see that on replay – I’m going to watch that tonight. It was an amazing point. He was playing very good. I have to congratulate him,” Tomic said.
The Queenslander would go on to hold for 1-1, but it was the last game he would win.
His confidence soaring, Gasquet tore through the last five games, reeling off winner after winner and sealing victory with an ace down the T.
It took his lead over Tomic in their career head-to-head record to 6-1.
Gasquet will next face No.6 seed Tomas Berdych.
Tomic said that despite his breakthrough season, he would leave New York with room for improvement.
“I still have to work on my fitness because for me the problem is being a tall guy I can’t play a lot of hours in the first few rounds to have any chance against these top guys (if I face them) in the deeper rounds of the tournament,” he said.
“If I want to be top five, top 10, I have to be much much more fitter than I am now to have any chance of going deep into Grand Slams.”