Wimbledon 2013: Bernard Tomic comes of age to knock out another seed

 

The unseeded Bernard Tomic continued to do his bit for Australia's sporting fortunes by powering past the ninth seed, Richard Gasquet, on Centre Court to earn a fourth-round meeting with Tomas Berdych.

The youngest man left in the tournament, 20-year-old Tomic has already knocked out Sam Querrey, seeded 21, and overwhelmed the experienced American James Blake in straight sets.

Yesterday he saw off Gasquet in four tight sets 7-6 5-7 7-5 7-6 and said: "It's a huge win for me. I played very well today, and I needed to against Richard. Last two times he beat me, but this time I played very good tennis."

Spain's David Ferrer, seeded four, made hard work of seeing off Alexandr Dolgopolov in five sets, 6-7 7-6 2-6 6-1 6-2 as the Ukrainian committed too many errors.

The seventh seed Berdych, runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2010, has moved quietly into the last 16. He dropped the second set to South Africa's Kevin Anderson, but came through 6-3 3-6 6-4 7-5 in a match of big serving and 30 aces.

There was defeat for the 12th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, who could not prevent Italy's Andreas Seppi coming from two sets to one down to beat him. Seppi now plays Juan Del Potro of Argentina, who saw off Grega Zemlja.

Benoît Paire of France was another seed to fall, beaten by Lukasz Kubot of Poland; and Juan Monaco, the 22nd seed, went out to France's Kenny de Schepper in straight sets. There was yet another retirement when Igor Sijsling scratched, trailing 6-0 6-1 1-0 to Ivan Dodig of Croatia. He was reported to be suffering from flu symptoms.

Tommy Haas, the 13th seed, came from a set down to defeat Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-2 7-5 6-4.

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