Tomic falls in three sets
Young gun Bernard Tomic says he’ll work hard on his conditioning after another defeat in his build-up to the US Open next week.
Australia’s teenaged Wimbledon quarterfinalist has struggled to match his grasscourt heroics and he will go into the year’s final grand slam with just one US hardcourt season win under his belt.
Tomic notched his only ATP match win since Wimbledon in the first round at Montreal, where he beat Lu Yen-Hsun.
But he then fell to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and he lost his opener in Cincinnati last week to France’s Julien Benneteau.
On Sunday it was Russian Igor Andreev who beat 61-ranked Tomic 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 in little more than two hours in a contest peppered with 22 aces in the first round of the ATP’s new Winston-Salem stop in North Carolina.
Andreev, known for his clay success, played excellent defence as he saved all nine break points he faced then broke Tomic’s serve twice to avenge his five-set loss to the Aussie teenager at Wimbledon.
“I played well in the first set but he improved and did better than me overall,” said Tomic.
“I need be as physically fit as I can for next week, I need to build some strength before the Open.”
Tomic’s exit leaves two-time grand slam winner Lleyton Hewitt to fly the Aussie flag.
However, the one-time No.1 is now ranked 165 and has not played for nearly a month thanks to a nagging problem with his foot.