Sydney, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Bernard Tomic was
among Tuesday's first-round winners at the Sydney International, a final
hardcourt Australian Open tune-up.
Tomic, who was the youngest title winner on the ATP World Tour last year,
claimed a 6-3, 6-0 win over eighth-seeded Marcel Granollers at NSW Tennis
Seventh-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic rallied past German qualifier Jan-Lennard
Struff 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Meanwhile, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut beat American qualifier Ryan Harrison by a
7-6 (7-2), 7-5 margin to set up a second-round meeting with top seed Juan
Martin del Potro, and Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic took down Finland's
Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3. Nieminen won this tournament as a qualifier two
years ago and was the runner-up in 2009.
Lucky loser Albert Ramos discarded American Sam Querrey by a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
score. Ramos stepped in to replace fifth-seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who
withdrew because of lower back problems.
Czech Radek Stepanek outlasted Aussie wild card Samuel Groth 6-7 (6-8), 7-6
(7-5), 6-2, Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated Argentine Carlos
Berlocq 6-3, 6-4, and Australian Marinko Matosevic beat German Florian Mayer
6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin after the Frenchman retired
following the first set due to fatigue. Roger-Vasselin was last week's runner-
up in Chennai.
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