Tennis: Cocky Tomic says he's ready to take out Federer
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Bernard Tomic claims he is ready to topple four-time champion Roger Federer at the Australian Open.
The brash 20-year-old Australian secured a 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8) win over German qualifier Daniel Brands in 2hr 55min to reach the third round and continue his unbeaten start to the year after claiming his first tour title at the Sydney International.
Said Tomic, who had stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the recent Hopman Cup in Perth: "I'm ready. I'm not going to say I don't have the belief. I do have the belief now. It's possible. I showed that in Perth, that you can beat these players. Now I'm going to try to beat him (Federer)."
Meanwhile, Federer, the Swiss world No. 2, again mastered old rival Nikolay Davydenko in three sets to confirm his match-up with Tomic in the last 32 on Saturday.