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Tomic Races Through Bogota Opener

Bogota, Colombia

Tomic© Claro Open ColombiaBernard Tomic raced through his first-round match in 58 minutes.

Australian wild card Bernard Tomic made a winning debut at the Claro Open Colombia, as he defeated Uzbekistsan’s Farrukh Dustov 6-3, 6-3 on Monday in Bogota.

Tomic, who made second-round exits at three grass-court tournaments over the past month, recorded his first win on hard courts since January, when he reached the Sydney final (l. to del Potro). The 21 year old had been sidelined for two months following the Australian Open, requiring double hip surgery. 

Against the 140th-ranked Dustov, he fired 10 aces and dropped nine points on serve, while converting three of his four break point chances. Tomic awaits the winner between fifth-seeded Colombian and 2013 finalist Alejandro Falla and Japan’s Tatsuma Ito.

American Alex Kuznetsov set a second-round meeting with No. 3 seed Vasek Pospisil after beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6(3). Pospisil will be making his first appearance since winning the Wimbledon doubles title with Jack Sock.

Argentine Guido Pella, meanwhile, posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Colombian wild card Eduardo Struvay in 63 minutes and will play fourth seed Radek Stepanek in the second round.

Qualifying action concluded Monday, with Great Britain’s James Ward, Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero, Colombian Nicolas Barrientos and American Kevin King securing their places in the main draw.

In the lone doubles match Monday, Thai twins Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana edged Dudi Sela and Jimmy Wang 6-7(4), 7-5, 10-8.

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