Tomic into Munich quarters
Australians Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic took similar paths to the quarterfinals of the ATP Tour event in Munich on Thursday.
Both dominated their opening sets, lost the second in tiebreakers, and recovered in the third.
The fifth-seeded Tomic beat Potito Starace of Italy 6-1 6-7(4) 6-3 to make his first career quarterfinal on clay. Tomic was down a break of serve at the start of the final set before coming back.
Matosevic defeated fellow qualifier Robert Farah of Colombia 6-1 6-7(2) 6-2, in what is his first career tournament on clay.
Tomic next goes against Feliciano Lopez, the second-seeded Spaniard who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-4 7-6(4).
Next up for Matosevic will be No.4 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-5 6-3.
Kohlschreiber and Lopez enjoyed byes into the second round.