Tomic confident ahead of Olympics

David Cox in Olympic Tennis 24 Jul 2012
Hewitt will be competing in his final Olympic Games (credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Australian Tennis team are feeling confident ahead of the Olympics with Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt both at home on the grass courts of Wimbledon.

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Hewitt won Wimbledon ten years ago and returning to SW19 often brings the best out of him. The veteran Aussie is relishing the chance to compete in an Olympic Games one last time and he's feeling confident after reaching the ATP Newport final a few weeks ago.

Tomic on the other hand has been struggling with his game recently and admitted to being lazy after a shock first round defeat at Wimbledon last month. However, the big stage always brings the best out of the Aussie and having reached the Wimbledon quarters as a teenager back in 2011, he knows his way around a grass court.   

"You can't put into words what winning a gold medal would mean,” Tomic told the press ahead of a practise session. "I can only dream of it (the Olympics) is like a fifth Grand Slam and something I always wanted to do better at than Grand Slams."

While Grand Slam matches are best of five sets, the Olympic matches take place over best of three and Tomic feels that the shorter format offers a greater scope for upsets.  

"I think the top players favor the best of five," he said. "It's more difficult to beat them over a longer period. To beat them in best of three is a better chance so the opportunity is there for a lot of players, including me."



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