After rain threatened to again thwart his Wimbledon warm-up plans, Bernard Tomic sizzled in dreary conditions to topple world No.20 Kevin Anderson in straight sets at the Queen’s Club.
For the second day running, rain kept players off the courts for much of the day on Tuesday before Tomic was able to sweep his way into the second round with a straight sets win over last year’s runner-up.
Tomic triumphed 6-3 6-4 in 58 minutes to continue his dominance of Anderson at ATP level, improving his head-to-head record to 4-0 over the towering South African.
Looking far more assured on his preferred grass of London than he did throughout the claycourt season, Tomic raced to a 3-0 lead in front of a handful of hands.
The world No.22, Tomic, had been shunted to a smaller court without seating as organisers condensed the schedule in order to make up for matches which were washed out on Monday.
Among the entourage cheering Tomic on as he took the first set in quick time, however, were Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and teammate Sam Groth.
Tomic was broken early in the second set, quickly going down 1-4 as Anderson pushed for a deciding set.
But the talented 23-year-old recovered to win the final five games of the match – including two breaks of Anderson’s enormous serve – and set up a second round fixture with Spain’s Fernarndo Verdasco.
Verdasco upset second seed Stan Wawrinka in straight sets earlier on Tuesday and spoke for most when he lamented the drizzly English summer.
“Unfortunately here in England this happen almost every year. So you already have it in your mind that it’s some possibility,” he said following his 6-2 7-6 victory.