Bernard Tomic belted in Beijing tennis

Bernard Tomic belted in Beijing tennis

Bernard Tomic has been thrashed in the opening round of the Beijing Open, going down to Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

It was an insipid performance from the Australian world No.22 who went into the match favoured over the No.38.

Tomic was dispatched in just 48 minutes, going down 6-3 6-1.

Meanwhile fifth-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the quarter-finals of with a 6-3 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini.

Ferrer, who reached the China Open final in 2010 and the semi-finals last year before losing to Novak Djokovic both times, is still chasing his first title of the season.

The Spaniard has won at least one ATP title in all but one year since 2006.

British qualifier Kyle Edmund had a 6-4 4-6 6-4 upset win over seventh-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut and will meet No. 2-ranked Andy Murray in the next stage.

Murray blasted past 45th ranked Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2 6-1.

After losing his opening service game, Murray recovered quickly with two breaks to lead 3-1.

Although Kuznetsov rallied again to break back, the Scot remained on the offensive to push home another immediate break chance before closing out the set after 48 minutes with a fourth break.

Murray’s momentum continued into the second set, where two breaks and a hold saw the 29-year-old Briton move 4-1 ahead.

Kuznetsov lost yet another service game to leave Murray on the brink of the last eight, which he secured with a love service game to complete his victory in one hour and 17 minutes.

Also on the women’s side, US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova rallied for a tough 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) win over 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina in almost 2 1/2 hours, Johanna Konta wrapped up a rain-delayed 7-5 6-2 win over Timea Babos.

Elina Svitolina beat Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-4, and Caroline Garcia fended off Peng Shuai 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-4), ending a tournament for the Chinese wild card that started with an upset first-round win over Venus Williams.

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