Tomic out in opener

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

A HIGHLY an­tic­i­pated first ATP match-up be­tween Aus­tralians Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyr­gios has failed to even­tu­ate with the Gold Coaster bow­ing out of his open­ing round match at the Madrid Open in Spain.

Tomic had his mo­ments against Amer­i­can Ryan Har­ri­son but went down 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in 1 hour and 50 min­utes.

Kyr­gios had done his part the day be­fore in a straight-sets first-round de­feat of Mar­cos Bagh­datis, ad­vanc­ing to play the win­ner of the TomicHar­ri­son match.

But Tomic crum­bled in the de­cid­ing set yes­ter­day to en­sure there would be no al­lAus­tralian fix­ture.

It had loomed as an in­trigu­ing clash on Tomic’s non­pre­ferred sur­face of clay af­ter Kyr­gios had given his some­time Davis Cup team­mate short shrift for skip­ping Aus­tralia’s tie against the US in Bris­bane last month.

It was the 39th-ranked Tomic’s sev­enth first-round loss this year.

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