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Tomic Enjoys Winning Munich Debut

Munich, Germany

Tomic© AFP/Getty ImagesAustralia's Bernard Tomic enjoyed a winning debut in Munich.

Fifth seed Bernard Tomic enjoyed a winning debut at the BMW Open on Monday in Munich, defeating Belgium’s Olivier Rochus 6-4, 6-3 in 68 minutes. The Australian served nine aces and broke serve three times from four opportunities to clinch his 15th victory of the season.

"I think I played very good from the baseline," reflected Tomic. "I served really good and I think I also played the big points at the right time. Those little key changes in the match made me win. It’s a different feeling now, being seeded for an [ATP World Tour] 250 event. I feel very confident the way I’m playing now on clay as of two weeks ago. I think I’ve got a very good chance to play well and go deep into the tournament."

The 19-year-old Tomic opened his clay-court campaign with second-round exits at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Dolgopolov) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (l. to Montanes) in the past two weeks. Earlier in the season, on hard court, he reached the semi-finals at the Brisbane International (l. to Murray) and the fourth round of the Australian Open (l. to Federer).

The only other main draw singles match on Monday saw another Belgian player disappointed as Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo defeated Steve Darcis also by a 6-4, 6-3 score line. World No. 53 Giraldo capitalised on a winning percentage of 27 per cent on Darcis’ second serve to break three times and prevail in 76 minutes.

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