UPDATE: As of January 19, the young tennis player has won his first two matches at the Australian Open. The prediction that he might have to play Federer is looking more likely.
At the 'spiritual home' of Australian tennis, Tomic defeated the top-ranked American, thirty-year-old, Mardy Fish 6/4, 3/6, 7/5.
When not yet seventeen, heralding his future, the youthful, now top-ranked, Australian, won the U.S. Open Junior title in 2009.
In two days (Monday) the 2012 world tennis Grand Slam begins.
Even before Saturday's win his achievements have earned him the accolade “wunderkind.” Tenacious Tomic is a giant-slayer. On Wednesday he defeated world seventh ranked, Czech, Tomas Berdych. The next day he defeated, France's top-ranked Gael Monfils.
World-ranked number one, from Serbia, Novak Djokovic, said, after losing a set to Tomic at Wimbledon in 2011, “Tomic is the real deal.”
Djokovic, number one seed at the Australian Open, as reported in The Age
– before Tomic's Saturday triumph – said, “He has much talent...a big boy with a big serve, and he's very stable emotionally; for someone his age, you don't get to expect that, but he handles himself very well.” Tomic stands 6' 5". During a televised interview, he said, "I think
I've stopped growing."
The giant-slayer will need to be in top form Monday as he has drawn, Fernando Verdasco. The Spaniard has frequently ranked in the top-ten; now however slipping to world's twenty-second, he will be hungry for a big win.
World-ranked number three, Roger Federer will (should Tomic survive three rounds) want to test the Wunderkind.