Bernard bows out in Monte Carlo
Bernard Tomic’s European claycourt season is off to a less than ideal start, with the Australian losing 6-2 6-4 to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Tomic, who has a base in the tax-free principality, failed to shine on Sunday in his new locale, losing in just an hour to the Ukrainian world No.22 who has won four of their five career meetings.
The result was a duplicate of the defeat Tomic suffered to Dolgopolov a year ago in the second round.
The 43rd-ranked Queenslander was broken three times in the brief affair which marked his ATP spring introduction to the clay after winning both his Davis Cup ties on the surface in Uzbekistan last weekend.
The Australian’s loss was his seventh of the season against 13 wins. He stands 1-3 in Monte Carlo.