Bernard Tomic believes that he was talented enough to win a Grand Slam but now wants to fight his way back to the top 50.
Tomic was seen as one of Australia's most talented ever players when he first emerged on the scene. His decline since then has been quite shocking to many people who had such high hopes for him.
He reached the Wimbledon quarterfinal in 2011 at the age of just 19, and also won a series of ATP titles early in his career. Although his antics sometimes generated attention, Tomic still seemed set to get near the top of the game.
However, the former world No. 17 has fallen considerably since then. He is currently barely inside the top 300, and Tomic was not even given an Australian Open qualifying wildcard, with younger players being favoured.
Tomic and fellow hugely talented Australian Nick Kyrgios being consistently at the top of the game did not materialize, although the currently injured Kyrgios did go further by reaching the Wimbledon final, and there are rumours he hopes to return for the grass court season.
The 31-year-old is currently playing in an ITF event in India. In an interview with The Hindu, Tomic reflected on not being mature in the past and feels he could have won a Grand Slam.
"I have matured a little more. It has positively impacted my game. If I knew these things in my 20s, if I was professional and did everything that was asked of me, maybe I could have won a Grand Slam."
Tomic then said he had made peace with what he could have achieved in the past, and he is now in a good place, as he hopes to get back into the Top 100 or even the Top 50.
"You cannot control destiny; everything happens for a reason in life. You learn to respect little things. For sure, I could have been in the top-10, but it is okay. I am happy in a happy space now. I will try to break into the top-100 or top-50 again and do good things in the next three years."