Tursunov topples Tomic in Tokyo
Bernard Tomic’s battle for consistent form has continued with a straight sets loss to Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov in the first round of the Japan Open in Tokyo.
Ranked No.39 in the world, Tomic was beaten 6-4 7-5 by Tursunov, just days after the Aussie reached his first ATP quarterfinal in five months in Bangkok.
Tursunov won 30 of his first 33 service points on Tuesday as he claimed his first tour level victory since a first round win at the French Open in May.
Despite good serving of his own, with nine aces and just one double fault, Tomic was unable to make a dent in the Russian’s delivery, failing to convert the solitary break point he gained during the match.
Tursunov, meanwhile, broke twice on his way to victory in one hour and 22 minutes, which sets up a second round clash with hometown favourite Tatsuma Ito.