Tomic moves on in Munich
Australian fifth seed Bernard Tomic made a winning start in the BMW Open in Munich with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 victory over Belgian veteran Olivier Rochus on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Queenslander needed just 68 minutes to book his place in the second round, fighting back from being broken himself in the first set and seizing his solitary break point opportunity in the next.
Tomic smacked nine aces to the Belgian’s none, setting up a second round clash against either Italian Potito Starace or Belgian qualifier David Goffin.
“I think I played very good from the baseline,” reflected Tomic. “I served really good and I think I also played the big points at the right time. Those little key changes in the match made me win.”
“It’s a different feeling now, being seeded for an [ATP World Tour] 250 event. I feel very confident the way I’m playing now on clay as of two weeks ago. I think I’ve got a very good chance to play well and go deep into the tournament.”
After a lean claycourt season in 2011 during which he failed to win an opening round match at any claycourt event, Tomic has made strides this year, winning matches in Monte Carlo and Barcelona before this week’s first round win in Munich.