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‘Worst commentator I’ve seen in my life’: Tomic slams Fitzgerald after straight-sets loss

In commentary, Fitzgerald queried whether Tomic would return to Melbourne Park next year.

“You can’t tell me he’s trying,” Fitzgerald said. “You think you have a lot of time ahead of you, but it’s gone in a flash. It’ll be a big shame if he can’t get more out of his talent.

‘You can’t tell me he’s trying … He’s got to be fitter, stronger, more dedicated.’

John Fitzgerald

“He’s got to be fitter, stronger, more dedicated. You can’t compete at this level, not with the best players, if you’re not.

“If you don’t have the miles in your legs you can hit a brick wall very fast. Because this guy [Shapovalov] has got miles in his legs. So do all the others.”

When asked about whether he had any response, Tomic didn’t hold back.

“Of course,” Tomic said when asked if Fitzgerald’s comments were harsh. “He’s probably the worst commentator I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Bernard Tomic lost in straight sets to Denis Shapovalov.

Bernard Tomic lost in straight sets to Denis Shapovalov.Credit:Getty

Tomic isn’t sure where tennis will take him next, although he will likely take part in an ATP 250 tournament in Singapore.

“I don’t know what I’ll do now. I would like to play some more tournaments, obviously, but we will see what’s the go,” he said.

Shapovalov barely broke a sweat as Tomic made 40 unforced errors, gifting six service breaks to the Canadian.

The 11th seed was more concerned with some Hawk-Eye Live calls than he was with Tomic’s resistance, questioning calls to the chair umpire as late as the second last game of the third and final set.

Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka blew an 8-4 lead and three match points in a match tie-breaker as he fell to Marton Fucsovics.

The second round exit equalled his worst result at the tournament he won in 2014.

It’s the fifth time the 35-year-old has failed to progress past the second round – an incredible statistic given he also reached the semi-finals in 2015 and 2017.

“Not the best level for me, but again, I was fighting, I had some chance to finish the match, I didn’t finish,” Wawrinka said.

“I hesitate a little bit when I had the match point and I lost it.


“Yeah, from 6-1 (in the match tie-breaker) I start to hesitate a little bit the way I was playing. I wanted to put the ball maybe too much in and I’m not going completely for my shot and that’s when I start to miss a little bit.

“It helped him to come back in the match. He was fighting well, he’s a tough player, he’s a good player and he deserved to win.”

Veteran Australian James Duckworth was no match for Canada’s No. 2 – young gun Felix Auger Aliassime. The 20-year-old thrashed Duckworth 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

Dominic Thiem also breezed through his second round match.

The No. 3 seed took just over 90 minutes to beat German Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 and set up a clash with Nick Kyrgios.

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