Gstaad, Switzerland, 17 July 2012 | Tennis Australia

Bernard Tomic has fallen in the opening round of the ATP event in Gstaad, Switzerland, going down in straight sets to Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Paire, the world No.47, brushed aside the Australian in just 59 minutes, winning 6-0 6-4 to advance to the second round at the ATP 250 tournament.

The loss continues a discouraging run of form for Tomic, who has now lost six consecutive matches since his first round win at Roland Garros in late May.

The 19-year-old was a wildcard entry and No.8 seed at the red clay event, and struggled on a surface not renowned for being his best.

Extraordinarily, Paire was able to dominate the opening set despite landing just 19 per cent of his first serves.

While the match was a more competitive affair in the second set, Tomic was still unable to truly make inroads on the Frenchman’s serve, which unusually reaped more winning points behind his second delivery.

Paire will next meet either Italian Filippo Volandri or Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in the final 16.