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The 19 year old Aussie has been the talk of Melbourne so far.
If we are deprived of a Dolgo-Federer showdown in the fourth, chances are it will be the unflappable Bernard Tomic that played spoiler. If Tomic can beat American Sam Querrey and Dolgopolov defeats Tobias Kamke, the two would face off in an intriguing third-rounder.
And we wouldn't complain if Tomic found his way to Federer in the fourth. Federer taking on the Australian teenager in an electric Rod Laver Arena would be fine drama.
Sure, Federer would have his customary legions of faithful, but the crowd would be decidedly pro-Tomic. An Australian man hasn't won the Open since 1976, and it's clear that the entire country is starting to think Tomic will be the one to end the drought.
He's already thrilled Melbourne with his comeback against Fernando Verdasco in the first round, and there's no reason to think he's about to succumb to the pressure of being the hope of a nation.
That's what makes him such a threat to Federer (and others): his confidence He brashly strides around Rod Laver Arena as if he's already won the tournament. He's cocky, cool, smooth, and it's almost impossible to picture a moment too big for him.
And isn't that what holds so many back against legends like Federer, that lack of belief? That's not a problem for the 19-year-old.
He also has the game. He's tall and strong enough to deal with power off the ground, and he's incredibly light on his feet. He floats around the court with Federer-like grace.
His game is impressive technically, too. Darren Cahill has labeled his slice backhand one of the best in tennis, and if he's feeling good enough to let it fly, his forehand can be a weapon.
Perhaps the most effective part of his game, though, is his uniqueness. His off-paced groundstrokes clearly knock his opponents out of rhythm, and like Dolgopolov, he has a wide variety of shots that he's not afraid to use.
At just 19, he's already reached the second week of Wimbledon, and he's stood toe to toe with Federer, Djokovic and Nadal in the best-of-five format. Even as a teenager, he's not getting outclassed by anyone.
Still, Federer would have the advantage in this one.
Tomic doesn't possess the raw power that tends to give Federer trouble these days, and you'd have to imagine that Federer would capitalize on the chances that the Aussie presents him.
Either way, though, we wouldn't miss this one for the world, if it happens, of course.