Australian youngster Bernard Tomic will continue his journey back to full health as he hopes to find himself undergoing a deep run at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. His first obstacle is Evgeny Donskoy, whom he has never encountered before on the professional tour.
2011 quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic began his grass court season with a win against Tim Smyczek before losing to Radek Stepanek in the second round of the tournament. He would later arrive at Eastbourne, where he won his opener against Andrey Golubev but would lose his second match to Richard Gasquet, whom he also lost the Roland Garros opener to. He is yet to pick up consecutive victories this season, but appears to be in much better shape since undergoing double hip surgery.
“It’s better to play these sorts of players in the early round than to play them later, once they’re getting the feel of the courts as well,” Tomic said. “I’m feeling pretty good. The first match is going to be very important for me to win and break through and then who knows after?”
Although he failed to qualify for any World Tour events on clay, Evgeny Donskoy got to play a main draw contest against France’s Roger-Vasselin, which he lost 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-1. He is yet to pick up a main draw victory this season.
This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and the odds will likely favour the recovering Tomic. He is the better player overall and has a big man’s game, which will overwhelm the lesser-experienced Donskoy.
Prediction: Bernard Tomic in Straight Sets