Tomic faces Karlovic in Bogota final

Last Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 18:33

Australian Bernard Tomic will face defending champion Ivo Karlovic in the Bogota ATP final after edging Victor Estrella 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) in Saturday`s semi-final.

Tomic`s appearance in Sunday`s final as a wildcard comes three days after he split with global management company IMG with reports blaming the divorce on concerns over his off-court behaviour.

This is the 21-year-old`s first ATP final since January`s Sydney International.

"It`s always very tough when I play Victor, he`s a fighter," said the Australian.

"I knew it was going to be a hard match, I tried to stay focussed on my serve and get the win.

"Now I`m going for the title," added the Wimbledon quarter-finalist as a qualifier in 2011.

Karlovic beat Czech fourth seed Radek Stepanek 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the second semi-final.

Tomic`s career has taken a downward turn since making the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, a decline which has seen his ATP ranking slip from 27 to a current 124.

He withdrew in the first round of the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal and underwent double hip surgery shortly afterwards and then suffered a record 26-minute defeat on his comeback event at Miami.

Last year, his father John was banned from attending the French Open, even as a paying spectator, after he was charged with assaulting his son`s hitting partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet in Madrid.

AFP

First Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 18:33

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