Bernard Tomic during day four of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on April 18, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Getty Images
26TH Apr 2012

Bernard falls in marathon battle

Bernard Tomic during day four of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on April 18, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Getty Images

Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Barcelona Open in the second round on Wednesday after losing a marathon battle to Spanish clay specialist Albert Montanes 6-0 5-7 7-5.

Australian Tomic, ranked 15 for the tournament and who at just 19 was the youngest man in the field, put up a tough fight against his 30-year-old opponent, who has won all five of his ATP career trophies on clay.

The teenager, who began the season by progressing to the Australian Open fourth round, spent two hours 15 minutes on centre court at the Real Club de Tenis at an event which Rafael Nadal has won six times in the last seven years.

Stuttgart-born Tomic’s showing duplicated his second round last week in Monte Carlo as he began his pre-French Open build-up with a debut appearance in Barcelona.

After losing the first set comprehensively, he began fighting in the second to level at one set each and continued in the third, forcing Montanes to save match points in the 10th game as the desperate Spaniard finally held for five-all.

Montanes then got a break for 6-5 and closed out the match a game later.

Tomic put Montanes under heavy pressure, forcing the veteran to save 13 of the 16 break points he faced, with the Australian losing serve six times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.macy1 Patrick Macy

    Good stuff BT, Montanes is tough…hope oyu’re well mate!
     

  • aussie ant

    Go well Bernard,keep up the gud form.you are continuing to build nicely for the french open.
     Continue to make us aussie’s proud.Aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi!!!
      Anthony Kittow

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