Former world No. 17 Bernard Tomic paid a tribute to Roger Federer as he described the Swiss as one of the greatest in tennis history. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, retired from tennis after the Laver Cup. Tomic, 29, played against Federer four times.
In those four meetings, Tomic didn't clinch a single win over Federer. Tomic won just one set in those four matches as he took a set off Federer when they played in the Davis Cup, in 2011. "One of the greatest players ever.
Honor playing with you. Nothing but love," Tomic wrote on his Instagram Story
Tomic is determined to get back to the top
Tomic, who was once a top-20 player, is now the 659th-ranked player in the world. But in recent weeks Tomic has won back-to-back ITF titles in Cancun.
"Thanks again for the support. F--- the haters, I'm gonna prove them wrong," Tomic wrote on his Instagram Story after winning back-to-back titles in Cancun. The past few years haven't been easy for Tomic, who admitted that there were mistakes on his part.
But now he is fully committed to tennis and wants to achieve success before he retires. "I’ve had a lot of hate in my life. But I can’t give up. You don’t think I see the hate comments? It hurts," Tomic said in December.
“In the past I used to let it get to me and react out of stupidity. But now I’m using it as fuel. I’m back. I’m hungry, and I’m ready. No one can stop me now, but me. “I’m training, I’m sweating, I’m pushing, I’m fired up.
Whatever it takes to get back on top. Hard work pays off. I’ve put my blood sweat and tears into this sport. I have come back before. It’s time to set the record straight."