Tomic ousts Garcia-Lopez
Bangkok - Bernard Tomic of Australia ousted ailing 2010 champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the Thailand Open on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Tomic, based in Monte Carlo, dominated the Spaniard, whose movement was hampered by a left foot injury. After the first set he sought courtside treatment for his right foot.
"It was not easy," Tomic said. "He is a good player and won this tournament before. But I'm playing really well. I'm happy that I arrived here early and trained under the heat to get ready. I have to keep my head up."
Former finalists Viktor Troicki of Serbia and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland also won.
Troicki, runner-up in 2009, beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-3, letting slip being up by a break in each set. He was also breaking new rackets he received 10 days ago.
Nieminen, the finalist two years ago, advanced while leading 6-1 against Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita, who retired with an ankle injury.
Fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, taking a while on the indoor hard-courts to gauge his first-time opponent.
"It's always difficult to play someone you have never seen before," Verdasco said. "I was surprised. In the end I was physically better."
Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya earned his first win on the tour this year when he beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, and Dudi Sela of Israel downed Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4.
Results on Tuesday from the Thailand Open, an ATP tournament on indoor hardcourts at Impact Arena (seedings in parentheses):
Fernando Verdasco (5), Spain, def. Tatsuma Ito, Japan, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.
Viktor Troicki (6), Serbia, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-3.
Jarkko Nieminen (7), Finland, def. Yuichi Sugita, Japan, 6-1, retired.
Dudi Sela, Israel, def. Marco Chiudinelli, Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4.
Hiroki Moriya, Japan, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.
Donald Young, United States, def. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
Bernard Tomic (8), Australia, def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain, 6-0, 6-2.
Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, def. Yang Tsung-hua, Taiwan, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7).