Bernard Tomic has it all to do against Murray

Bernard Tomic faces a fourth-round clash with Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Photo: AAP Image.
Bernard Tomic faces a fourth-round clash with Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Photo: AAP Image. Chris Hyde

Bernard Tomic has another chance tonight to prove to the world - and particularly to former world No.1 Roger Federer - that he is capable of challenging for a grand slam title.

The Aussie will face a stern examination from four-time Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray in their fourth-round clash on Rod Laver Arena, but said he had a point to prove after Federer's recent comments that Tomic was a long off his stated goal of reaching the top 10.

He also returned serve at the Swiss veteran after downing fellow Aussie John Millman, saying Federer was perhaps not playing as well as his world No.3 ranking suggested.

"Yeah, well, he has his predictions. I think he's also far away from (world No.1 Novak) Djokovic as well if he wants to say that," Tomic said. "If he believes I'm very far away from the top 10, I also believe my prediction that he's nowhere near Novak's tennis right now."

Tomic also said he believed some more consistency in his play would see him achieve his goal.

"I'm working for that," he said.

"When I'm playing well, I'm a top-eight player in the world. My ranking has to get there. I'm going to work every day this year getting to the top 10.

"It's not just getting to the top 10 ... I'm going to get there. It's about staying there for a while. It's about being consistent."

Beating Murray tonight would give that ambition a serious kick along, although the Scot is yet to lose to any Australian player in 17 matches on the ATP Tour.

Tomic said he knew what kind of game plan he needed to be successful against the No.2 seed.

"Andy loves playing players that attack. I don't think he likes players like (John) Isner and (Kevin) Anderson. You have to take the ball to him, play aggressive, not too aggressive, and rally at the right time," the 23-year-old said.

"He's won grand slams, I think two grand slams. Made like six, seven finals. He should have won many more majors in his career. Unfortunately lost many times in the final. Amazing player. It's going to be so tough for me. I have to play my game.

"If I play the right way, the right tactic, serve well, there's a huge chance for me."



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