Bernard Tomic delivers result that certainly meets professional standards as he stuns Frances Tiafoe
Just a few weeks after being accused of delivering a performance that “did not meet the required professional standards” at Wimbledon, Bernard Tomic produced a display of note with an upset win over fifth seed Frances Tiafoe.
Tomic was fined his entire Wimbledon first-round appearance fee after losing his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in just 58 minutes. His appeal was rejected, but the Australian has vowed to fight on.
However, he had no such problems during his opening clash at the Atlanta Open as he came from a set down to send the American packing, winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in one hour and 50 minutes.
— BB&T Atlanta Open (@BBTatlantaopen) July 23, 2019
There were no breaks of serve in the deciding set with Tomic, who also lost in the first round of the Hall of Fame Open last week, claiming the single mini-break in game five of the tie-breaker.
The win earns him a clash against fellow Australian Matthew Ebden, who beat Kamil Majchrzak from Poland 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov’s struggles continue as the former world No 3 was stunned by Kevin King with the American winning 7-5, 6-4 to secure his maiden ATP Tour-level win.
Local hero King is ranked No 405 in the world while Dimitrov has slumped to No 53 with his last title coming at the 2017 ATP World Tour Finals.
“It’s fantastic. Wouldn’t have rather done it at any other place,” King said. “It was a great crowd out there, great energy, so I’m just thrilled to have won that.”
— BB&T Atlanta Open (@BBTatlantaopen) July 24, 2019
British No 3 Daniel Evans had no such problems as he cruised past Jason Jung, winning 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes to secure a second-round match against sixth seed Radu Albot.
American Reilly Opelka set up an encounter against five-time champion John Isner after beating Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).
“This one probably a little more favoured for John, just because he’s won it so many times,” Opelka said. “Obviously I’m the underdog again playing him, and there’s a good chance there are going to be a lot of tie-breaks.”
Andy Murray preparing for a return to the ATP Tour in France
Murray has accepted a wildcard to play another tournament in France.
Remarkable statistics confirm Daniil Medvedev is the new king of hard courts
Daniil Medvedev can now be hailed as the new king of hard courts.
Exclusive – Myleene Klass believes Emma Raducanu can inspire a generation
Myleene Klass has revealed Emma Raducanu has inspired her daughters to reach for the stars after her stunning win at the US Open.
Dominic Thiem on Emma Raducanu’s US Open win: ‘It’s one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport’
“Perhaps it is the greatest breakthrough of all time,” says Dominic Thiem.
‘Unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the good guys’
“I hope he is treated a little more fairly,” says Boris Becker.
Venus Williams explains backstory behind photo with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at Met Gala
Just Venus, Serena and Maria enjoying a laugh in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
‘I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,’ says Emma Raducanu after ‘whirlwind experience’
The teenager took part in a round of breakfast TV and radio interviews.
‘People are talking about tennis again,’ revels Boris Becker after ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’s’ heroics
Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Emma Raducanu.
Tennis to introduce ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break rule’ following Greek’s lengthy loo visits?
Stricter rules on the cards following furore over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ loo breaks.
LTA chief insists Emma Raducanu will not lose focus after stunning rise to the top
Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given “breathing space”.