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.
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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.”
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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.”
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