Tomic tumbles in Montreal opener
Australian Bernard Tomic on Monday was knocked out in three sets in the first round of the Montreal Masters tennis tournament in Canada.
Tomic’s chances of playing top seed Novak Djokovic in the second round ended after he lost 5-7 6-3 6-3 to Florian Mayer of Germany.
Fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic fared better against another German Benjamin Becker with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory.
Tomic, who lost in the second round of the Washington tournament last week by eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro, complained of windy conditions but was more upset with his own lack of initiative after winning the opening set.
He will have to hit the practice courts after missing a chance to accrue some valuable hardcourt experience before the start of the US Open in three weeks.
The Australian No.1, ranked 41 in the world, made a good start but could not maintain his form against the experienced German.
“I was up 5-2 in the first set and should have closed it out in the second,” said Tomic. “In the second set, I didn’t start that well. My concentration dropped and he played well.”
Tomic managed only two aces and lost his serve four times.
“Florian is one of those guys who plays well once he gets his nose ahead,” he said.
“In the first set, he was tight but, in the second, I missed my opportunities and didn’t focus very well – he took over then.”