Tomic Warms Up For US Open With Win
World Number 68 Bernard Tomic has advanced to the second round of the Montreal Masters after disposing of Taiwan’s Lu Yen Hsun in straight sets.
Hsun put up a fight in the first set which went to a tie breaker, however Tomic over powered his lowly ranked opponent to win the match 7-6 6-3.
He will meet world number 16 Jo Wilfred Tsonga in the second round after the Frenchman disposed of Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 7-6. The winner of the second round match will more than likely square off against Roger Federer, who along with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andrew Murray enjoyed a bye in the first round of the tournament.
The win continues the breakthrough year for Tomic who has seen his world ranking rise almost 100 places. A win over Tsonga would more than likely propel the Wimbledon quarter finalist into the world’s top 50 ahead of the US Open.
Qualifying for Grand Slams has been a problem for Tomic in the last few years, with most of his major appearances coming via wild cards, however such has been his improvement, he is now a walk up starter in the Grand Slam tournaments.
Meanwhile, fellow Aussie Samantha Stosur has progressed to the second round of the WTA event in Toronto but not before a scare.
Stosur, who has slipped out of the world’s top ten, dropped the first set against Japan’s Ayumi Morita before storming home in the last two sets to win the match 4-6 6-2 6-3.
Stosur, who will be looking to get some quality tennis matches under her belt ahead of the US Open, will now meet either Aleksandra Wozniak or Shahar Peer in the second round.
Fellow Australia Jarmila Groth did not fare as well as Stosur and was eliminated from the tournament after her first round 6-1 6-2 loss to Russian Nadia Petrova.
Jelena Dokic was also set to begin her US Open campaign in Toronto, however she was forced to withdraw after nine minutes on court.
It is the third time since July that Dokic, who has been hampered by persistent hamstring problems, has pulled out of a WTA event because of injury.
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