ATP Tour

Tomic back to winning ways

2014-06-09 18:00
Bernard Tomic (AFP)

London - Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic have made it a good day for Australia at Queen's Club as they moved into the second round of the Wimbledon warm-up event on Monday.

Hewitt kicked off his bid for a record fifth title at the grass-court event in west London with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

Hewitt, ranked 43rd in the world, is in the twilight of his career but he reached the semi-finals at Queen's last year and took little over an hour to dismiss Gimeno-Traver to set up a meeting with Feliciano Lopez or Dusan Lajovic.

"I just felt pretty sharp out there. I have been hitting the ball really well in practice. It didn't take me long to get on the grass and feel comfortable," Hewitt said.

"I'd love to win a fifth title here. I love coming back here. I just love the surroundings.

"The setting today was a fantastic crowd for a first day at Queen's. It was a really good atmosphere out there."

The 33-year-old former Wimbledon champion was joined in the second round by fellow Australians Tomic and James Duckworth.

Tomic had to dig deep before finally seeing off Tim Smyczek of the United States 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, while qualifier Duckworth staged an impressive fightback to beat Israel's Dudi Sela 0-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

It was Tomic's first ATP main draw win in nearly five months, but he admitted it was a barely-deserved success after Smyczek, ranked 106th, served for the match at 5-4 in the third set.

"I should have lost that. You can play like crap for the whole two sets and then you can find three, four points and you can win the match. It's just strange," Tomic said.

"It was good to win, but like I said, very rarely you're going to get out of a match like that when a guy is serving at 5-4 in the third set.

"But if you can win a match like this when you don't play well, it's very good for the confidence."

Next up for Tomic will be Radek Stepanek or Mikhail Kukushkin, while Duckworth faces a daunting clash against Czech second seed and former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych.

Also on the first day, Britain's Dan Evans claimed a surprise 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2) win against Austria's Jurgen Melzer.

Melzer is ranked 51st in the world, while Evans is languishing down at 139.

But the British number two fired an ace to win the final-set tie-break and will face seventh seeded South African Kevin Anderson in the second round.



Results from the first day of the ATP Queens grasscourt tournament on Monday:

First round

James Ward (GBR) bt Blaz Rola (SLO) 7-5, 6-4
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4
James Duckworth (AUS) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 0-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Michael Russell (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Jrmy Chardy (FRA x14) 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA x13) bt Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 6-3, 6-4
Daniel Evans (GBR) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Daniel Brands (GER) 7-5, 6-2
Kenny De Schepper (FRA) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 6-4, 7-5
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) bt Daniel Gimeno (ESP) 6-3, 6-3
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Daniel Cox (GBR) 7-5, 6-2

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Venus out of China Open

2014-10-02 08:36

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

BASE jump off the world’s tallest building!

Watch as two guys jump off the world's tallest building!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Stand up paddler rides over shark!
Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!
Mountain unicycling – say WHAT?
Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.