Bernard Tomic is on the rise, but so is Novak Djokovic. Look for the Serb to school the young Aussie tomorrow.
Archie's no fool. Sure, he's been watching Bernard Tomic all week, and smiling all the way. But Archie has been on the Djokovic bandwagon since January, and he's not about to get off of it just because some 18-year-old has caught fire for a few rounds.
Without any further ado, here is Archie's pick.
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Archie's Pick: Djokovic
Why: Because if he likes squirrels, he probably likes dogs.
My Pick: Djokovic
Why: Unlike the rest of the tour, who will be very surprised by the game of Bernard Tomic when they first play him -- especially on grass where he thrives -- Djokovic has had the pleasure of sharing a practice court with Tomic on several occasions, and he even played him in an exhibition at Kooyong in 2010 (A LOSS!).
All this should help Djokovic deal with the herky-jerky game that Tomic possesses. But who are we kidding, Djokovic doesn't need the help right now. He just needs to stay confident, hit out with his usual unbridled passion, and the rest should take care of itself. He's not the French Open champion, but Djokovic is still the guy that has been toughest to beat all year long on the ATP Tour.
As far as Tomic goes, to be the youngest Wimbledon quarterfinalist since 1986 is quite an achievement. His fairy tale run was in doubt when he was at 4-4 in the third set of the first round of qualifying, facing two break points. Even if his fairy tale finally ends tomorrow, there'll be a lot to be proud of for this promising young star.