Roger Federer: Swiss Great Will Test Bernard Tomic's Resolve

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 17, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17:  Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to the crowd after winning his second round match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during day four of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Coming off a nightmare year, Bernard Tomic has won his first 10 matches in 2013, including the Sydney title.

At the 2013 Australian Open, the 20-year-old has defeated Leonardo Mayer and Daniel Brands.

But the youngster faces his biggest test of 2013 in the third round, going up against none other than Roger Federer.

Federer, of course, has always been a picture of class and composure. In that respect, he's a stark contrast to the 2012 version of Tomic.

Tomic was not only accused of tanking against Andy Roddick in the U.S. Open last year, he was also involved in several incidents with police and was suspended from Australia's Davis Cup team by captain Pat Rafter due to questions about his temperament and work ethic.

Beyond that, Tomic and his coach and father John have had plenty of clashes with the Australian Tennis Federation.

Tomic is 0-3 against Federer lifetime, including a straight-set loss to the Swiss great in last year's Australian Open. He will likely lose this time around too, but learning from his loss is key.

Who better to instruct Tomic on the court than Federer? Where Tomic fails temperamentally, Federer succeeds in spades. Not only is Federer considered to be one of the greatest tennis players to ever play the game, his attitude and persona is befitting a 17-time Grand Slam singles title winner. His unwavering cool on the court throughout the years is part of the reason he's been able to collect so many accolades.

Tomic is still young, which means he has plenty of room to grow. Last year was a disaster, but it's important that he puts 2012 behind him and begins to act and play like a pro. There is no denying his budding talent, but without resolve he will always fall short of his potential.

Once you get your head screwed on straight, your talent takes over. Federer has been doing this for years.

Now it's Tomic's turn to learn from one of the greatest tennis players in history and use that knowledge to grow into a better player.


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