Bernard into Beijing second round
Bernard Tomic has progressed to the second round of the China Open in Beijing with a straight-set victory over local wildcard Zhang Ze.
The Australian powered to a 7-6(4) 6-4 victory over China’s world No.193 in the first match of the ATP tournament.
While the Aussie smacked three aces en route to victory, Zhang struggled on the stadium court with seven double faults.
Yet Tomic began slowly, forced to save two set points as he clawed his way back from 5-3 down.
Zhang took a 2-0 lead in the tiebreaker, but Tomic bounced back again to seal the opening set.
The 20-year-old then broke Zhang’s serve early in the second set.
Coming off a second-round loss to Gilles Simon in last week’s Thailand Open, Tomic booked a berth in the next round against fifth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet or German Florian Mayer.