HITTING BACK: Bernard Tomic has returned serve over claims he and fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios have “tanked” matches.
HITTING BACK: Bernard Tomic has returned serve over claims he and fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios have “tanked” matches. David Vincent

Tomic hits back over ‘tanking’ claims

BERNARD Tomic has denied that he and fellow Aussie bad boy Nick Kyrgios “tank”, after fighting back to defeat Fernando Verdasco at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club in London.

The 6-7 6-4 6-4 win took Tomic through to a quarter-final clash with Gilles Muller tomorrow morning (AEST) but in the press conference afterwards most of the talk centred around the accusations that on some occasions in matches, he and Kyrgios had given up during points.

Tomic’s explanation was that both he and his Davis Cup teammate had relaxed demeanours that might suggest they were not trying.

“When you look at Nick and I, we don’t return the greatest, so sometimes we’re down 30-love, 40-15 in games, and when a guy hits a good serve, it tends to look like we walk (away from the serve),” he said.

“But we are really there (competing).

“People sometimes ... accuse me of tanking (but) sometimes that’s the way I sort of come back into the match.

“So sometimes I think people misunderstand me.

“Sometimes I use being down in a match as opposed to being ready and on your feet, sometimes I like to change it and do it my way.

“And sometimes it looks that I’m not trying ... But really I’m competing mentally for every point.”

The win over Verdasco sealed Tomic’s first quarter-final appearance at Queen’s, the traditional warm-up for Wimbledon.

Muller, from Luxembourg, survived 10 match points in a 3-6 7-6 7-6 win over seventh seed John Isner.



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