Newport - Australian John-Patrick Smith won his first ATP main draw victory on
Monday, upsetting third-seeded countryman Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-5 in the first
round of the Hall of Fame Championships.
Smith, ranked 156th, needed only 70 minutes to dispatch Tomic, taking 15 of
23 points off Tomic's second serve and surrendering only one service break to
the world number 25.
Smith had been 0-5 in ATP matches after first-round losses this year to
South African Kevin Anderson at Delray Beach and Frenchman Kenny De Schepper in
five sets at Wimbledon.
Next up for Smith will be 166th-ranked American Jared Donaldson, who beat
125-rated compatriot Austin Krajicek 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-2 in another opener on
the grass courts outside the tennis legends honor hall where induction
ceremonies will be staged Saturday.
Croatian second seed Ivo Karlovic blasted 11 aces and never faced a break
point in battling past Ukraine's Illya Marchenko 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (6/8), 6-4.
Karlovic took the only break of the match to advance after two hours and 23
Japan's Tatsuma Ito outlasted US wildcard Noah Rubin 6-3, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4 to
book a second-round date with US seventh seed Steve Johnson, who downed
Germany's Michael Berrer 6-7 (6/8), 6-1, 6-2.
Also moving on was Colombia's Alejandro Falla, who ousted Spain's Adrian
Menendez-Maceiras 6-1, 7-5.