Gasquet too strong for Bernard in Paris
Richard Gasquet has proven too strong for Bernard Tomic on Tuesday at Roland Garros, ousting the Australian 21-year-old in straight sets in the first round.
The 12th-seeded Gasquet accounted for Tomic 6-2 6-1 7-5 on Court Suzanne Lenglen in a battle between two players returning from injury.
Tomic, who had double-hip surgery in February following the Australian Open, hit 36 unforced errors in an erratic display.
After trailing 2-0 early, Tomic looked up for the battle and fought back to 2-2. However, from there he lost 11 straight games as Gasquet raced to a two-set lead.
To Tomic’s credit, he didn’t completely fade away in the final set, but he never really looked like making a match of it.
The 21-year-old’s ranking has slipped to 80 in the world, having won just one match since his surgery and it’s expected it will take some time for him to regain his full strength and range of movement.
Gasquet has also had injury concerns recently, having not played for almost two months with a back complaint, but he didn’t need to overexert himself in setting up a second-round clash with Argentine Carlos Berlocq.