An entertaining battle between promising youngsters Jack Sock (Player Bio) and Australia’s Bernard Tomic (Player Bio) takes place tomorrow afternoon in Stockholm. This marks their first ever encounter on the tour and will likely be one of the top matches to watch on Centre Court.
The young American is wrapping up a relatively unspectacular season that has seen him fail to qualify for both the Beijing and Shanghai Masters tournaments and drop twelve places from a career-high of 78, down to his current ranking of N0. 97. He currently holds a 9-12 record this season on the ATP Tour and will be looking to improve upon that during this final swing. A win over Tomic would be his biggest win of the season.
World No. 52 Bernard Tomic has also had an unremarkable season on the tour, including his public issues with his father/coach, who has been making headlines for his extraordinary (and somewhat violent) actions. The Australian has not picked up three consecutive wins on the tour since reaching the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships earlier this year. His recent drop in performance has seen him drop out of the top 50 in the world rankings. He is coming off a second round loss to Richard Gasquet in Beijing and a opening round loss to Jermey Chardy in the opening round in the Shanghai Rolex Masters, brining his overall record this season to 25-19. While his ATP season has not been his best, he beat Przysiezny and Kubot in singles rubbers to help Australia reach the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2007 with a 4-1 win over Poland.
This is the first ever encounter between these two men on the tour and it will likely be an entertaining affair. Sock is a big server and that may cause the Australian problems on the indoor hard courts, yet Tomic has the more well-rounded game that would likely foil the one-dimensional American late in the match.