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Tomic Earns Confidence Booster In Eastbourne

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Tomic© Getty ImagesBernard Tomic broke a three-match losing streak on Tuesday in Eastbourne.

Bernard Tomic earned a confidence boosting victory on Tuesday that snapped a three-match losing streak.

Tomic converted two of his four break point opportunities to beat wild card James Ward, the 2010 quarter-finalist (l. to Dolgopolov), 6-3, 6-4 in just over one hour at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

He will next play Julien Benneteau in the second round at Devonshire Park, the venue of the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament. World No. 32 Benneteau, a two-time quarter-finalist in 2010 (l. to Garcia-Lopez) and 2011 (l. to Kunitsyn), was strong on serve in beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson 7-6(4), 6-2.

Feliciano Lopez hit 16 aces past fellow 31-year-old left-hander Jarkko Nieminen in a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win in 86 minutes and meets fourth seed Juan Monaco in the second round.

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Peya/Soares Continue Run Of Form
Top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, who have a 2-2 record in ATP World Tour finals this year, defeated Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 7-6(5) for a place in the quarter-finals. On Sunday, Peya and Soares lost to Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the Aegon Championships final at The Queen’s Club.

Elsewhere, this year's US Men's Clay Court Championship titlists Jamie Murray and John Peers overcame Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4, and fourth seeds Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray edged wild cards Jamie Delgado and James Ward 7-6(3), 6-4 in an all-British clash.

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