`I can topple Swiss master'

Bernard Tomic earnestly believes he can bring down the mighty Roger Federer in their third-round Australian Open blockbuster tomorrow night.

The red-hot Tomic is backing his lethal delivery to stop the game's all-time greatest after crunching 26 aces enroute to his 10th straight win of the summer yesterday.

"That's probably the best I've ever served," Tomic said after keeping his cool in heatwave conditions to see off inspired German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8) in two hours and 55 minutes.

The 20-year-old has now gone 76 consecutive service games without being broken.

"I'm going to use all this confidence in the next round," Tomic said.

He will need to.

Tomic must end Federer's record run of 34 consecutive grand slam quarterfinal appearances and reverse his fourth-round loss last year to the Swiss maestro to keep his Open dream alive.

But he can't wait to have a crack.

"What a match it is," Tomic said.

"Ten out of 10 now with matches (this summer). I feel so confident. This is the perfect time to play him.

"I've got a good attitude to win. I've beaten a lot of good players over the past two weeks.

"I think I can do it ... I'm ready. I mean, I'm not going to say I don't have the belief. I do have the belief now. It's possible."

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