Bernard Tomic doesn't take his Australian Open first-round opponent Thomaz Bellucci for granted

Tennis: Tomic has a negative record against Bellucci, winning one and losing two of their three matches played.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Bernard Tomic doesn't take his Australian Open first-round opponent Thomaz Bellucci for granted

Bernard Tomic says it won't be easy against Thomaz Bellucci in the Australian Open first-round, but he remains positive. Tomic has played three times against the Brazilian, winning once and losing twice. Bellucci is currently ranked at number 62, but was ranked as high as number 21 in the world.

He is a four-time ATP champion in singles as well. The Australian's career-best result at the Australian Open was a Round-16, achieved in 2015 and 2016. ''Yeah pretty well, I was playing very well in Sydney and now obviously played here (in Kooyong) two good matches,” Tomic said.

''Now I’m ready and a seed in Melbourne, I play Bellucci, obviously it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be fun, hopefully I just play good tennis in the first round, that’s the most important thing. ''No, he’s a tough player and former top 25 player.

He’s won a few titles in his career and he’s beaten a few top players. Players like this in the draw are so tough to play, everyone is respected and I have to play well to win this match.'' Tomic, seeded at number 27 in the draw, could be having a tough task of taking on Marin Cilic in the third-round.

''I saw maybe Cilic in the third round, so there’s so many tough matches, I know that I have to play Bellucci and I lost to him last time so I have to try and get ready for this,'' he added. Source: Kooyong Classic Also read: Channel Seven commentators set to refer to tennis number one as Sir Andy Murray at Australian Open

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