The Aussie Open got underway this week with the qualifiers for the main draw on Sunday in Qatar. My best match from yesterday was the all Australian clash between Bernard Tomic and John-Patrick Smith.Tomic emerged victorious in this encounter but he was pushed to a final set tie break.From the get go it was clear Bernard picked up on John’s weakness as a left hander, his forehand side.To be fair to Smith he pushed Tomic all the way to the 9th game of the set , handing the service break to Bernard.A MONSTER BACKHAND DOWN THE LINE DOING THE TRICK. Tomic closing out the first set 6-4 after a deuce game at 5-4. In the second set, Smith broke Tomic’s serve for the first time in the match in the very first Tomic service game of the set.Great court coverage from John to defend the overhead on 0-1(15-40) and finishing Tomic off with a forehand bang on the left corner.
Tomic did break back at 3-1 and the match went on serve until the 12th game of the set. Tomic buckling under pressure after a series of unforced errors. 7-5 to Smith second set. The third went on serve going into the breaker.The Australian Open lie breaker is a little bit different from the usual Wimbledon one. Here the first player to reach ten points wins. That person was Tomic 10-7. Now, I do not know what your preference is but I am feeling this rule. The difference of two tie breaker tended to produce long matches, taking their toll on the players.For example the last Wimbledon final 2019, Djokovic Vs Federer. It became more of a war of attrition rather than of ability. I hope this rule catches on to other majors.