Australia’s Bernard Tomic has cast aside his Washington disappointment to advance to the next round of the ATP Masters in Montreal.
The world No.26 beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-3 6-3 to set up a second round match with tournament No.6 seed Marin Cilic.
Tomic went down in the second round of the Washington Open in his first match back in the United States since his arrest in Miami, and Monday’s victory will bring a welcome relief to the erratic Australian.
He can expect tough opposition in Cilic though as the Croatian was narrowly beaten by Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals in Washington.
The world’s top players are competing in Montreal in the build up to the year’s final grand slam event, the US Open.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic were all given first round byes.
Djokovic faces Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, who worked for two and three-quarter
hours to defeat Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 7-6 (7/4).
The South American fired 14 aces to 11 for Cuevas, with Bellucci forced to
save nine of 12 break points.
Djokovic, who has not touched a racquet since beating Roger Federer for the
Wimbledon title a month ago, will start in Canada with a 48-3 record that includes six titles in 2015, including the Australian Open crown.
Murray, seeded second and champion in 2010 and 2011, will face Spaniard Tommy Robredo who beat compatriot Feliciano Lopez 6-3 3-6 6-3.
Nadal will start his singles campaign against Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, who beat Canadian wild card Filip Peliwo 6-1 5-7 6-2, with Raonic due to meet Ivo Karlovic after the burly Croatian serving machine beat Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-4 7-6 (8/6) in the first round.