Sydney - Top seed Bernard Tomic retired in
the second set of his Sydney International quarter-final on Friday after making
it clear to the umpire his focus was on next week's Australian Open.
Tomic, once dubbed "Tomic the Tank
Engine" in his native Australia after being accused of giving up in a
match, was 6-3 3-0 down to Teymuraz Gabashvili when he told officials he was
unable to continue.
Rain prevented any matches being completed
on Thursday so Tomic, if he had beaten the Russian, would have had to play a
semi-final later on Friday, as well as potentially Saturday's final, before
taking on Denis Istomin at the Australian Open.
Tomic later told reporters he had been
feeling a "bit sick" on Thursday evening and a conversation with the
umpire picked up by the on-court microphones during a break in play in the
first set showed where his priorities lay.
"I got a good draw in Melbourne, it's
just come out, I'm looking to Melbourne," said the world number 17, adding
that even if he won the title in Sydney he would move up only one spot in the
"I have to make the final to make
(rankings) points, I have to win to go 16th in the world," said Tomic, who
won his first ATP title in Sydney in 2013.
Gabashvili will play Viktor Troicki in his
first ATP Tour semi-final later on Friday after the Serbian defending champion
came from a set down to beat Nicolas Mahut 4-6 6-3 6-3.
Grigor Dimitrov, continuing his promising
start to the new season, will face Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the other
last four contests at Olympic Park.
The Bulgarian was leading his quarterfinal
against Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6 6-3 4-2 when it was interrupted by a violent
thunderstorm on Thursday.
The 24-year-old wasted little time in
wrapping up the final set 6-4 with an ace on his first match point on Friday,
however, despite the uncertainties caused by the weather.
"It's tough, we were on and off the court
four times yesterday but it's in the game," Dimitrov said.
Muller was the first player to advance to
the semi-finals when he completed a 7-6(5) 6-3 win over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy
in another match interrupted on Thursday.