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Hewitt issues Tomic challenge

Last Updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:22
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Lleyton Hewitt has urged Bernard Tomic to step up his game and become a force in the Grand Slam tournaments next year.

The 21-year-old Tomic started 2013 in positive fashion with victory over Novak Djokovic on a 10-match winning streak and also bagged his maiden tour title.

However, the year has ended in disappointment for Tomic with five consecutive first-round defeats to leave the youngster outside the top 50 in the world rankings.

Former world number one Hewitt has told his fellow Australian to start finding some consistency and produce his best tennis for the Grand Slams in 2014.

He said: "He has his ups and downs throughout the year in terms of his results and he seems to get on a run for three or four weeks and then has three or four average losses for him.

"I think that's just being young as well. It's such a long year out on the tour.

"He's got to make the next transition now from 50 in the world to top 20 and hopefully top 10 and be a potential grand slam winner."

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