Tomic tames Gulbis

2012-04-24 13:42
Bernard Tomic (AP)
Barcelona - Bernard Tomic dominated fading Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Barcelona Open, with the Australian 15th seed making a winning debut at the event.

Tomic, at 19 the youngest man in the field in the Catalan capital, spent 67 minutes in handing one-time prodigy Gulbis another ATP disappointment.

The two-time quarter-finalist Latvian who has faded to an 86th ranking after standing a career-best 21st just 14 months ago, went down on two breaks of serve.

Tomic, who won a round in Monte Carlo last week but lost his next match to Ukrainian talent Alexandr Dolgopolov, was pleased with a winning start in the hotbed of Spanish tennis.

"I played well from the first game," said the Australian 15th seed. "I was able to play my game.

"I served well and got more comfortable on the clay," added the number 35, the youngest man in the field. "I'm moving better and feeling better. I'm playing well right now."

Tomic faces a big test in the next round as he takes on Spanish clay-courter Alberto Montanes, winner of five titles on the surface.

"He gets a lot of balls back, it will be a different match," said Tomic, who improved to 14-7 on the season. "I've got to be ready to be physical and aggressive with him. And I've got to play much more patient."

Tomic's haul of 14 victories since the start of 2012 puts him to within two of his total of 16 for 2011.

South African 13th seed Kevin Anderson posted a quick win over outclassed Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-2, 6-3, with the winner saving six break points.

Second seed Andy Murray was making his start after a bye as he faced Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine while top seed and six-time winner Rafael Nadal was due to play his first match on Wednesday.

Read more on:    barcelona open  |  bernard tomic  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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