Tomic does have good hands but his serve needs to improve a lot. Also, his movement is not great. He is too slow. They are just showing the Nole vs. Tomic on TSN again. Djokovic was attacking, Tomic defending at after 2:2 in the first set Nole blew him off the court. It wasn't even a contest. Also, Tomic's BH is weak. Nole was just killing him by attacking his BH.
Novak should have NO problem with Tomic. I don't see what the big deal is about him (Tomic) anyway... He hasn't shown me anything.
Pretty easy to answer this one. Tomic's game is silky smooth, he has great hands and good court sense. His strokes look near-effortless. Just because a player isn't an all-time great or wasn't born in the right country, doesn't mean his game can't be appreciated.
Djokovic looks really good. I was super happy with his performance.
Hi Alex, yup, I agree that Tomic's game has weaknesses. And he got smoked-by Djokovic in his prime, a guy likely to be considered an all-time great pretty soon. Same thing happened to Murray and Fed in their early days, several times. Not saying Tomic will end up in the top 5, just saying that he has some skills that few others have. How about that slice backhand? Saw some of the replay tonight myself
That slice doesn't help Tomic much, he uses it too much.
Once in awhile is OK.
Not sure about this guy, he is still young and should get better.
So hard to tell though, sometimes the progress just stops.
It has something to do to his movement and footwork.
If Federer uses slice to buying time, creating opporunity or throw difficult shots to his opponents, then Tomic uses slice to buying time and eventually wasting his advantages. His movement and footwork is poor. He is 196 cm (6'5") tall guy. He hit the ball almost like he tries to catch it because he is always not in the proper position to hit groudtroke. Because he has lack of movement, his tennis become like passive slice king. The only solution to him is to improve his movement and footwork. It has been told many times by australian trainers, tennis writer in these years. But there is nothing break through at the moment.
His serve for me is mystery. Who taught him this serve? It is wasting his height.