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Tomic Wins All-Aussie Contest; Dimitrov Bows Out

Sydney, Australia

Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic beat Australian No. 1 Marinko Matosevic in the first round.

In an all-Australian first-round clash at the Apia International Sydney on Tuesday evening, Bernard Tomic beat the nation’s No. 1 player, Marinko Matosevic, 6-3, 6-4 in 73 minutes. Tomic broke serve twice and lost only 12 points behind his own delivery as he won the pair’s first tour-level meeting.

“Every player I play now I want to win and give myself the best opportunity and chance to win,” said Tomic, who defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at an exhibition tournament in Perth last week. “Every match I go in now I believe I can win and I'm going to stay in there the whole match and fight for every point.  That's when I'm going to be the best and most satisfied with myself.”

The 20-year-old Tomic reached a career-high World No. 27 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in June last year, but has since dropped to No. 64. He reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2012 (l. to Federer). The Queenslander goes onto face fifth-seeded German, whom he trails 0-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. 

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Grigor Dimitrov bowed out of the Apia International Sydney at the first hurdle, falling to Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-1 in 50 minutes. In the first match since his debut ATP World Tour final in Brisbane where he lost to Andy Murray, the Bulgarian was unable to convert the four break points he held on Fognini's serve.

In the pair's first meeting, 25-year-old Fognini won 87 per cent of his first serve points. He faces eighth seed Marcel Granollers in the second round. The Spaniard holds a 2-1 FedEx Head2Head lead over Fognini, though all their previous encounters have been on clay.

Kevin Anderson enjoyed his first ATP World Tour win of the season, defeating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in their first meeting. The South African recorded straight-sets wins in both prior meetings against second-round opponent Feliciano Lopez.

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