Tomic opens in Cincinnati with win

Australia’s Bernard Tomic is through to the next round of the ATP Masters in Cincinnati with a straight sets win over Sergiy Stakhovsky.

World No.24 Tomic beat the Ukrainian 6-4 6-3 to set up a second round match with qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The early headlines went to Mardy Fish who in his next-to-last tournament of his career upset 20th ranked Viktor Troicki, beating the 20th ranked player 6-2 6-2.

“I was a little surprised at my level,” Fish said. “I hadn’t practised a ton or particularly well for a little while. I was struggling with my serve.

Fish, a wild-card entrant who already announced the US Open will be his last event before retiring, advanced to face second-ranked Andy Murray after his first singles victory on tour in almost two years.

Unseeded Ivo Karlovic also upset 10th-seeded Gilles Simon 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 while Joao Sousa defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-7 (7-5) 6-2.

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