Tomic, Ebden advance in South East Asia
Bernard Tomic and Matthew Ebden have cruised to victory their respective opening round matches at the Thailand and Malaysian Opens.
Bernard Tomic has ousted ailing 2010 champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-0 6-2 in the first round of the Thailand Open.
The 19-year-old Australian dominated the Spaniard, whose movement was hampered by a left foot injury. After the first set on Tuesday he sought courtside treatment for his right foot.
“It was not easy. He is a good player and won this tournament before,” Tomic said.
“But I’m playing really well. I’m happy that I arrived here early and trained under the heat to get ready. I have to keep my head up.”
Tomic, the eighth seed in the Thai capital, next faces Dudi Sela for a place in the quarterfinals, after the Israeli defeated Swiss wildcard Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets.
Compatriot Marinko Matosevic will play his first round match against big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Matthew Ebden began his campaign at the Malaysian Open in style, dismissing young wildcard Philip Davydenko 6-0 7-6(3) in 78 minutes.
Russian Davydenko, the nephew of former world No.3 Nikolay Davydenko, struggled to handle the Aussie’s serve, with Ebden surrendering just five points on his delivery throughout the match.
Ebden will take on seventh seed Julien Benneteau in the second round.