Bernard snaps losing streak in Toronto
Australian Bernard Tomic on Monday won his first-round match at the $US3.2 million ($A3 million) Rogers Cup ATP World Tour event in Canada.
Tomic defeated German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-3 3-6 6-3, fighting off five of six break points faced on serve and breaking Berrer twice en route to his 20th match win of the season.
Tomic told atpworldtour.com that despite the stifling heat in Toronto, he felt he played a great match.
“To win a match like this in the third (set) gives you confidence, and this is something you need after being down for quite a bit,” he said.
With the victory, the 19-year-old snapped a seven-match losing streak going back to his second-round exit at the French Open in May.
“I’d love to get back where I was in the top 30. I think there’s a good chance to do that if I play well,” he said.
“I’m happy I won my first match after a while, it’s (been) a bit difficult the last six, seven weeks of losing early. Now I can relax and have fun and play well the next round and (in) more tournaments ahead of me.”
The Australian now faces the daunting task of meeting defending champion and world No.2 Novak Djokovic in the second round.
The pair have met twice previously with Djokovic taking the honours on both occasions, at Wimbledon in 2011 and in Rome this season.