Bernard begins brightly in Washington
In his first match since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, Australia’s Bernard Tomic advanced to the round of 16 on Tuesday at the ATP Citi Open in Washington DC.
Tomic, who had an opening bye as the 14th seed, beat David Goffin 6-1, 6-3, avenging a first-round loss to the Belgian last year at Wimbledon and booking a third-round matchup with either American Ryan Harrison or Argentine top seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner.
“I played not so bad,” Tomic said.
“Very tough conditions. Very difficult to play 100 per cent on these courts because it’s so hot and so humid.”
Tomic, the youngest player in the draw at 20, fired seven aces and saved all six break points that he faced to beat Goffin in 65 minutes at the US Open hardcourt tune-up in his first match since losing to Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round at Wimbledon.
“I’m happy with the way I’m playing because I didn’t put a lot of preparing into this tournament,” Tomic said, noting his three-week break since Wimbledon.
Tomic said he has not been bothered by a right hamstring injury that forced him to withdraw in the first round at the French Open.
Ranked 40th after reaching a career high of 27th a year ago, Tomic is 20-13 this year. He won his first ATP title last January at Sydney, the first Aussie to win that event since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005.