Federer: Tomic has a long way to go in top-10 bid


Roger Federer believes it is time for Bernard Tomic to start walking the walk after talking the talk in his goals for 2016.

Tomic, 23, has been vocal in his bid to crack the ATP's top 10 after ending last season ranked a career-high 18th in the world.

However, former world number one and 17-time grand slam champion Federer provided Tomic with a reality check after the maligned Australian lost 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) to Milos Raonic in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on Saturday.

"He's been good, but then top 10 is another story," said Federer, who will face Raonic in the final following his 6-1 6-4 win over Dominic Thiem.

"The year is not just one month long or one week long. It's 52 weeks. It's every day.

"That [is what] he's been struggling to show, to be quite honest.

"Many seasons now in a row we have seen or heard that top 10 is the goal, and he's missed out on it by a long shot.

"I think before speaking so highly, maybe it's good to take it to the next level, whatever that is. We shall see."