AAP Tennis

Confident Tomic happy with Wimbledon win

By AAP Newswire

Bernard Tomic believes he boasts the tools to take down Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori and set up a potential third-round Wimbledon blockbuster against Nick Kyrgios.

Tomic, who bounced back from an illness that looked to have curtailed his return at the All England Club before it began, breezed past Polish world No.122 Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-2) on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old admitted he was ready to fly out of London after struggling in his qualifying defeat by Belgian Davis Cup player Ruben Bemelmans last Thursday, only to be handed a late spot in the draw as a lucky loser.

A former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, Tomic has also reached the fourth round twice and has nine wins to his name in his last 11 grass-court matches.

He's confident he can see off 24th-seeded Nishikori, who needed four sets to get past American qualifier Christian Harrison and book his second-round berth.

The Australian has beaten the former world No.4 in their past two meetings with the pair sharing a 2-2 record.

"I beat Kei the last two times, in Cincinnati where I reached the quarters two years ago," Tomic said.

"I beat him in Brisbane, too, and I think my game matches up well against his.

"He actually beat me here at the Olympics in 2012. He is an unbelievable player.

"But I always play well here. I just need to get into a rhythm."

Tomic's comfortable first-round win was a far cry from his ignominious departure 12 months ago when he was fined $20,000 after a lame showing against Mischa Zverev.

In the aftermath of his defeat to the German, Tomic admitted to being "a little bored out there" and had also feigned injury.

The career of the one-time world No.17 appeared to heading into freefall following that incident with his ranking spiralling to 243 just two months ago.

However, he successfully qualified for the French Open and then reached the semi-finals of the s'-Hertogenbosch event in The Netherlands, losing to Richard Gasquet.

"I should have won the title in Holland," he said.

"I had a chance to beat Gasquet and get to the final. I have been playing good, not my best over the last few months, but I have given myself a chance.

"I was sick for five days and even today I didn't feel my best, but I feel a lot better."

Kyrgios, who beat unseeded Uzbeki Denis Istomin, will face Dutchman Robin Haase in the second round.