Bernard Tomic vs Milos Raonic: 2014 Hopman Cup live scores, blog

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    Bernard Tomic has come under fire from Pat Rafter, and police, and just about everyone. (AFP: Cameron Spencer, file photo)

    The summer of tennis officially gets underway tonight at the Hopman Cup with Bernard Tomic playing Milos Raonic in the marquee match of the Australia-Canada tie. Join us for live scores and commentary from 8.30pm AEDT.

    After a disappointing 2013 season, Tomic will once again use the Hopman Cup as a springboard to ensure another strong start to the new year.

    Despite his poor form playing abroad last year, Tomic enjoyed a very solid Australian Open summer in 2013, beating Novak Djokovic at the Hopman Cup before winning his first ATP tour title at the Medibank International in Sydney.

    Tomic eventually made the third round of the Australian Open before succumbing to all time great Roger Federer in three competitive sets.

    Despite the early round exit, Federer had to produce some clutch tennis to beat Tomic, particularly in the second set tiebreaker.

    Tomic also made the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, losing in a tight four setter to Tomas Berdych.

    These results show that Tomic certainly has the skill and weaponry to challenge the very best players on the ATP tour.

    For all his potential however, Tomic continues to produce underwhelming results when playing in other tournaments.

    He has yet to make major inroads at the French Open or US Open and continues to play poorly at many Masters events.

    Add the off field drama he experienced last year when his father was suspended as coach following an altercation with Tomic’s French training partner, and its easy to see why Tomic failed to build on the winning momentum he gained after winning in Sydney.

    2014 however marks a new start for Tomic and he will need to be close to his best tonight against Raonic.

    The big serving Canadian rightfully ranks as one of the ATP tour’s hottest prospects. He made his maiden Masters final last year at Toronto, losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.

    Raonic also won two ATP tour titles last year at San Jose and Thailand, defeating accomplished stars Tommy Haas and Berdych respectively.

    Despite possessing a very solid forehand, Raonic’s main weapon is his monster serve, capable of generating speeds well over 220km/h.

    Tomic however is the better mover on court, and if the Australian manages to return well, his good mixture of finnese and power should be enough for him to earn his first victory of the Australian summer.

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • Roar Guru

      10:20am
      Alan Nicolea said | 10:20am | ! Report

      Thanks Simoc. Hard for the Aussie public to get behind Tomic based on that effort.

    • Roar Guru

      9:59pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:59pm | ! Report

      After a tough opening set, Raonic ran away with the contest in the second, winning 6-1 against a disappointing Tomic who was not in the match physically or mentally in the second set. Raonic though superb, particularly with his serving. He served 19 aces tonight and Tomic really didn’t stand a chance when it came to dealing with the Canadian’s monster serves. Raonic on song here. Tomic with plenty of work to do. Thanks for joining us tonight and join us next time on The Roar!

      Tomic 6 1
      Raonic 7 6

      • 10:07pm
        Simoc said | 10:07pm | ! Report

        Good stuff Alan. Tomic appeared to chuck in the towel; very disappointing first up effort.

    • Roar Guru

      9:57pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:57pm | ! Report

      GAME SET AND MATCH RAONIC – Raonic with three aces in a row here for match point. 19 aces thus far from the Canadian. Raonic one to look out for at the Australian Open. Raonic wins!

      Tomic 6 1
      Raonic 7 6

    • Roar Guru

      9:56pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      Raonic with another ace out wide and its 15-0. Another ace down the tee for 30-0

      Tomic 6 1
      Raonic 7 5

    • Roar Guru

      9:56pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      Tomic with game point here and looks set to get on the board in the second half. Tomic does get on the board and he holds well finally!

      Tomic 6 1
      Raonic 7 5

    • Roar Guru

      9:54pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Tomic will have to give his all in the mixed doubles now. Very disappointing second set effort from the young Australian. Raonic all over him here. 30-15

      Tomic 6 0
      Raonic 7 5

    • Roar Guru

      9:53pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      Raonic has just coasted through the past few games here. Tomic not in the second set mentally and he continues to produce a lot of unforced errors here.

      Tomic 6 0
      Raonic 7 5

      • 9:55pm
        Simoc said | 9:55pm | ! Report

        Raonic has an impressive serve

    • Roar Guru

      9:48pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:48pm | ! Report

      Unforced errors coming from Tomic’s racquet. 0-15 Raonic. Tomic nets the forehand. 0-30

      Tomic 6 0
      Raonic 7 3

    • Roar Guru

      9:47pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 9:47pm | ! Report

      Tomic’s attitude very flat here. Looks like the Tomic of overseas compared to the Tomic that usually succeeds in Australia. Not good signs early from the Australian. Raonic though not giving him anything on serve.

      Tomic 6 0
      Raonic 7 3

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