Tomic On The March In 's-Hertogenbosch
Aussie feeling confident again on grass
Bernard Tomic, growing in confidence on the surface he made his major breakthrough on at Wimbledon in 2011, is through to the Libema Open semi-finals – his first at ATP World Tour-level for two years.
“I’m feeling pretty good, obviously having played qualifying,” Tomic told ATPWorldTour.com. “Once you play qualifying and win a few sets, things open up and you get a good feeling – just like I did at Wimbledon [in 2011].”
The Australian qualifier recorded his sixth straight win in seven FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings over fourth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-4, 7-6(3) in 74 minutes. Tomic needed five set points to clinch the 32-minute opener, then recovered from 1-4 down in the second set for a place in his first tour-level semi-final since the 2016 Fever-Tree Championships.
“I feel that all the work I have done is for all to see here and I’m playing really well,” added 25-year-old Tomic. “I like the surface and am very comfortable on it. The ball manages to stay low, I serve well and play with slice. I’ve won all of my titles on hard courts, so I’d like to win a title on grass courts.”
France’s Jeremy Chardy maintained his grass-court form on Friday by booking his place in the semi-finals, his second at ATP World Tour-level this year (also Istanbul). Chardy, who last week lifted his sixth ATP Challenger Tour trophy at the Surbiton Trophy (d. de Minaur), fought back from 2/4 down in the third set tie-break to beat American wild card Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and seven minutes.
Chardy will now face Australia’s Matthew Ebden, who has yet to drop a set in three matches at ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Ebden, through to the semi-finals for the first time since July 2017 at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open (l. to Isner in final), knocked out Marius Copil of Romania 6-3, 6-3 in 65 minutes.