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Goran hails Tomic as our next big star
Angela Habashy
13:21 AEST Sun Nov 14 2010
Qld tennis player Bernard Tomic.
Bernard Tomic (pic) is "Australia's next big player", says former Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic.

Bernard Tomic is "Australia's next big player", declared former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, and the big-hitting youngster agrees with the man he calls his friend .

The charismatic Croat is a big fan of the 18-year-old even predicting a top 10 ranking for the Queenslander.

"He won Australian Open juniors at 15, so there's a lot of expectation on him and everybody thought he was going to move faster in the ranking.

"But I think he has great potential, I think he's going to be Australia's next great player," Ivanisevic told AAP.

"I don't know how great, he can be top 10... it depends on him.

"But I think he has a real talent and he can do it."

The Tomic camp has previously threatened to switch allegiance to Croatia after falling out with Tennis Australia, but Ivanisevic thinks the talented teen should stay put.

"I think he should stay in Australia.

"Australia gave him everything so he should stick here.

"And he should play Davis Cup because now you have Patrick Rafter as the Davis Cup captain.

"So I really think he has a great future in front of him and I wish him all the best."

Tomic, who sees Ivanisevic as a mentor of sorts, echoes his opinions and thinks his top 10 prediction will become a reality.

"I think I can one day of course," he told AAP

"It's great that he thinks that I can be in the top 10, any mention from him about me is always good.

"He's a great guy and whenever I get the chance to talk to him it's always good to get some advice from him, we've always been friends."

While the Australian Open Junior champion has had a rocky Davis Cup past he seems eager to get it back on track.

"Yes for sure I'd love to play Davis Cup," Tomic said.

"We've still got a while till the next Davis Cup so I'm just going to focus on the Australian Open where I'm aiming to do really well and then we'll see after that.

And as for thoughts of defecting to Croatia, they seem a thing of the past.

"No one can give me what Australia has given me, I feel so comfortable playing here," Tomic said.

"For me it was a dream to play for Australia when I played in February and it will continue to be for the coming years."


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