BERNARD Tomic’s hopes of ending a frustrating – and lengthening losing streak – have been compromised by a confronting draw at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The struggling Queenslander will tonight face tenacious Argentine claycourter Diego Schwartzman on the baseliner’s favourite surface.
Saddled with an underwhelming 2-6 win-loss record this season, Tomic has not played since injuring his back in Indian Wells last month.
He has faced Schwartzman only once previously, succumbing 2-6 2-6 on clay in Istanbul last year.
Formerly ranked No 17 in the world, the Gold Coaster has suffered a string of losses – some bizarre – to lower-ranked opposition and has slumped to No 43.
Since his third-round Australian Open exit, Tomic has lost four first-round matches to lowly-ranked opponents.
World No 140 Darian King ignited a depressing sequence, followed by Steve Darcis (57), Donald Young (63) and Bjorn Frantangelo (112).
Those defeats, along with the back injury which forced him out of the Miami Open, have prompted questions over his desire.
The talented all-courter was pilloried for retiring in 27c conditions in Acapulco in February, describing the heat as “unbearable” only to return to the court a few hours later to contest doubles.
Tomic has won only three of 11 matches on European clay over the past two seasons.
Originally published as Tough draw for battling Tomic
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