Bernard Tomic levelled Australia's Davis Cup tie at 1-1 following his win against world number 300 Dan Evans. Despite playing a player ranked substantially lower than him, Tomic admitted that the crucial victory was ‘emotionally tough’ for him.
“It was very emotionally tough out there. The crowd and atmosphere drain you after every point, every game. Today was a little bit different from other Davis Cup’s, more atmosphere, tougher situation”. He said.
Tomic was aware of how much of a threat Evans is following his loss in the 2013 US Open to the Brit. He was on his way to a three sets win before an impressive comeback by Evans forced the match into a fourth set. Reflecting on that turning point in his Davis Cup clash, Tomic candidly admitted that he was rapidly tiring.
“He (Evans) played so well with my game, I got very tired when he was moving me. I was very physically tired after the third set”. Tomic said. The world number 23 also praised Evans for his performance by saying ‘I don’t know how he isn’t in the top 100’.
Evans is labelled by British tennis as one of their most talented players. Since achieving a ranking high of 123 in February 2014, he has been troubled by a knee injury as well as some personal issues which cast doubts on his commitment to the sport.
The second half of 2015 has been promising for the 25-year-old after he claimed a series of titles on the Futures circuit. Despite the late resurgence from Evans, Tomic was able to close the match out in the fourth set thanks to a double break in his favor.
He cited his win over Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of the US Open as great physical preparation coming into this weekend's tie. Tomic will not feature in Saturday’s double match against Great Britain. The doubles team for Australia will be Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth.
He is scheduled to play Andy Murray on Sunday in what could be a decisive match for the Australian team if they lose their doubles match. Adam Addicott, live from Glasgow