Roger Federer of Switzerland had what appeared to be an innocent take on Bernard Tomic’s career stating in an interview that he sees the Australian struggling to make the Top 10 in the world with his current play.
The Australian has fired back at the Swiss Maestro saying that Federer is also “far away” from his nemesis and rival Novak Djokovic and vowed to climb in the ATP rankings.
“Yeah, well, he has his predictions. I think he’s also far away from Djokovic as well if he wants to say that. If he believes I’m very far away from the top 10, I also believe my prediction that he’s nowhere near Novak’s tennis right now,” Tomic took a shot at the player considered the greatest of all time in the sport after his third round win over compatriot John Millman, via the tournament’s official website.
Tomic, who beat Millman in straight sets, 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-2 and who will face World No. 2 Andy Murray in the next round, also said that he will use Federer’s words as a motivation to improve his game.
“It also motivates me. I’m working for that. When I’m playing well, I’m a top-eight player in the world. My ranking has to get there. I’m going to work every day this year getting to the top 10. It’s not just getting to the top 10. I’m going to get there. It’s about staying there for a while. It’s about being consistent,” Tomic added.
Federer advanced to the quarterfinal round after beating David Goffin, 6-2 6-1 6-4 in his fourth round match. Federer will face veteran Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals and is on the same side of the draw as Djokovic, who will meet Kei Nishikori in his own QF match.
Meanwhile, Tomic is on the other side of the draw and will have to beat Murray and the winner of the David Ferrer-John Isner QF match for a possible shot at Federer in the Australian Open championship game, if the Swiss manages to get to the final.
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