Jasika impresses in ATP debut
UPDATE: Omar Jasika has fought hard in his first-ever appearance in an ATP main draw, while fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic fell in a tense three-setter.
Omar Jasika has fought hard in his first-ever appearance in an ATP main draw, going down in three sets to American veteran Rajeev Ram at the Malaysian Open.
Jasika, a 17-year-old wildcard and recent winner of the US Open boys’ singles and doubles, went down 4-6 7-5 6-3.
Later on Tuesday, another Australian, Bernard Tomic, fell in a heart-breaker to Pierre Hugues Herbert of France.
Despite serving 13 aces during the contest, Tomic fell 6-4 3-6 7-6(7).
Jasika battled Ram for one hour and 45 minutes before eventually succumbing, but again showed signs that he is a formidable talent.
Ram’s serve proved decisive, with 12 aces and a winning percentage of 76 on first serves keeping the youngster at bay.
In other Aussie news, Nick Kyrgios and Marinko Matosevic are currently facing off in an all-Aussie first round battle.