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Tomic Sets Dolgopolov QF Clash

Sydney, Australia

Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic came through a rain-interrupted clash to reach the quarters.

Defending champion Bernard Tomic became the second Australian through to the Apia International Sydney quarter-finals after scraping past Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a rain-interrupted contest on Wednesday. 

After rain delayed proceedings on Ken Roswell Arena with Kavcic leading on serve at 5-4 in the second set, the Slovenian World No. 102 returned to the court firing to break the Australian and take the match to a deciding set. 

“I think obviously [the break] didn't come at the time I wanted. He did start good in that game when he came out. He hit two, three good, solid returns and put me on the back foot,” Tomic said.  “Unfortunately he came back. That's why he's up there. He never gives up. Everybody knows him as a grinder.”

In a gruelling third set that took the match to two hours and two minutes on court, the 52nd-ranked Tomic managed to hold on to an early break and serve out the match, setting up a quarter-final with Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov on Thursday night. 

Dolgopolov is the only player to have beaten Tomic in Sydney, winning 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 in the first round in 2011. Tomic has won just one match from six meetings with Dolgopolov, a memorable five-set victory at the 2012 Australian Open. 

“I'm looking to win another title. I believe I can do it,” Tomic said. “Eight players left. I'm confident. Tomorrow is a difficult match. I've got to go out there and play tennis like I did in the first round, and that's going to give me the best chance of winning.”

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