Indian Wells: Tomic advances to third round
Bernard Tomic has set up a stellar third-round clash against Milos Raonic at Indian Wells while fellow Aussie seeds Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova exited.
Bernard Tomic has moved through to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with an impressive victory over the in-form Rajeev Ram.
Tomic, seeded 17th, overcame the American veteran 64 75 in 91 minutes.
After falling to Ram in the opening round at Delray Beach in February – Ram went on to make the final of that event – Tomic has since scored two wins over the world No.63.
Tomic, who reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells last year, will next face No.12 seed Milos Raonic.
Earlier, fellow Aussie seed Nick Kyrgios lost his opening match.
Playing for the first time since being forced to withdraw from last weekend’s Davis Cup tie against the United States at Kooyong through illness, the 24th seed was beaten by Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(4) 7-5.
Another Australian seed, Daria Gavrilova, fell to Slovak veteran Magdalena Rybarikova 2-6 7-5 6-4.
Sam Stosur, the No.26 seed, plays her opening match later on Saturday in the Californian desert.