An interesting first round match-up is set to take place at the Aegon Championships between Australia’s Bernard Tomic and the U.S’s Tim Smyczek. This marks the second time these two competitors cross paths on the tour, and the first time in over two years. Tomic leads the head-to-head series 1-0.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic has played only a handful of tournament main draws since his first round withdrawal against Nadal at the Australian Open, as the youngster underwent double hip surgery shortly afterwards. He would later attempt to make an embarrassing comeback in Miami, where he lost in a record 26-minute. Since his absence, he has dropped severely in the rankings, behind countrymen Lleyton Hewitt, Matt Ebden and Marinko Matosevic. He did not even manage to enter the main draw in Madrid, as he lost in the qualifying round. He would later arrive in Paris, where he would, again, lose in the opening round to top Frenchman Richard Gasquet, although it would be hard to fault him for that loss, considering Gasquet is a formidable opponent.
Smyczek started his clay court season on the ATP Challenger circuit, where he lost three consecutive first round matches, before arriving in Paris. There, he won his first two qualifying matches, but ultimately lost against Mecir in the final round. He will be looking to pick up his first ATP World Tour main draw win since beating Jack Sock at Indian Wells in March.
This marks just the second time these two athletes will cross paths on the professional tour. Their first outing took place over two years ago on the hard courts at Delray Beach. Tomic won that meeting in comfortable fashion, but he is likely to face a bigger obstacle on grass, particularly if he is still trying to find his rhythm.
Prediction: Bernard Tomic in Three Sets