James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Roger Federer defeats Bernard Tomic in a hotly anticipated third round match at the Australian Open
By James Crabtree
MELBOURNE — The anticipation was incredible.
Outside of the arena hordes of devotees found any free patch they could to watch the game on one of the giant TV’s.
Inside the crowd got behind their last remaining Aussie, although the level of appreciation for his opponent, the most successful male tennis player of all time was truly striking.
“Go Bernie!” yelled someone, “Roger!” screamed another simply; “Vamos Rafa” shrieked a voice that was rewarded with rippled laughter.
Both Tomic cheer squads were present, The Heard and The Fanatics. Both tried their luck at revving the crowd with various forms of comical theatrics from a man with a giant phone to a man with a giant head.
But to cheer against Federer these days...