Tomic marches through
Australian teenager Bernard Tomic has won his first claycourt match in 12 months to reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
The 19-year-old Tomic was happy with how he mixed sliced forehands with heavy groundstrokes in his 6-4 6-3 win against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
“Regardless of any surface, he’s pretty hard to play against,” Tomic said.
“A lot of claycourt players play behind the line, but I think my tennis is something different. If I play my tennis, they struggle with my game even on clay.”
Tomic, who next meets 16th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, has certainly struggled on clay himself.
His most recent victory on the slow surface came at last year’s Monte Carlo Masters, a month before suffering his second first-round defeat from as many starts at the French Open.