Struggling Tomic crashes out of Wimbledon
Date published :
26 Jun 2012 - 14:47:18
Bernard Tomic crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round on Tuesday as the Australian teenager's slump continued with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 defeat against Belgian wildcard David Goffin.
Tomic, the 20th seed, arrived at the All England Club, where he was a quarter-finalist last year, in the midst of a woeful run which had seen him fail to get past the second round in 11 of his last 12 tournaments.
That dispiriting sequence included withdrawing from the Wimbledon warm-up in Halle with a stomach virus, then losing in the first round at Eastbourne last week.
The 19-year-old's misery showed no signs of relenting on Court Two as Tomic failed to emulate last year's impressive run.
He shocked higher ranked stars Robin Soderling and Nikolay Davydenko en route to becoming the youngest player since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the last eight 12 months ago.
Tomic even took a set off eventual champion Novak Djokovic before finally bowing out, but this time around he paid the price for a lacklustre performance against Goffin after a solid start.
The Australian secured an early break that settled the first set with the minimum fuss.
But there were still too many signs of Tomic's inconsistency in the second set as he dropped serve twice either side of a break of his own.
That was enough for Goffin to level the match and he kept the pressure on Tomic with another break in the first game of the third set.
With Goffin's serve holding up well, Tomic was starting to look increasingly frustrated as the Belgian moved two sets to one ahead.
Goffin made a surprise run to the last 16 of the French Open earlier this month and the 21-year-old, who was making his Wimbledon debut, gave an assured serve and volley display that belied his lack of experience on grass.
Tomic's angst only increased in the fourth set as Goffin, who took a set off Roger Federer before losing to 16-time Grand Slam champion in Paris, landed another blow with an early break.
That was enough to shatter Tomic's spirit for good and Goffin was soon celebrating his first ever win on grass.