Tomic advances in Nice
Nice - Fifth-seeded Bernard Tomic beat Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Nice Open.
The Australian broke Lacko's serve twice in each set to set up a second-round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, who eased past big-serving American Sam Querrey 6-2, 7-5.
Seventh-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan also advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-1 win over Alejandro Falla of Colombia, and next plays Nikolay Davydenko after the Russian defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-3, 6-3.
Also, Xavier Malisse of Belgium beat Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 7-5, 6-4, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria defeated Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-5, 6-1, and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Benoit Paire 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) in an all-French match.
Results on Tuesday from the Open de Nice on clay at the Nice Lawn Tennis Club (seedings in parentheses):
Xavier Malisse, Belgium, def. Lu Yen-Hsun, Taiwan, 7-5, 6-4.
Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, def. Matthew Ebden, Australia, 6-3, 6-3.
Denis Istomin (7), Uzbekistan, def. Alejandro Falla, Colombia, 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-1.
Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Sam Querrey, United States, 6-2, 7-5.
Bernard Tomic (5), Australia, def. Lukas Lacko, Slovakia, 6-2, 6-3.
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France, def. Benoit Paire, France, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, def. Dudi Sela, Israel, 7-5, 6-1.
Brian Baker, United States, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 7-5.
Steve Darcis, Belgium, def. Fabio Fognini (8), Italy, 7-6 7/(3), 7-5.
Filippo Volandri, Italy, def. Olivier Rochus, Belgium, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2.