Maiden win against Tomic just the tonic for Smith

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

TOWNSVILLE ten­nis pro John- Pa­trick Smith recorded his maiden ATP vic­tory yesterday, up­set­ting fel­low Aus­tralian, third- seeded Bernard Tomic, 6- 3 7- 5 in the first round of the Hall of Fame Cham­pi­onships in New­port.

Smith, ranked 156th, needed only 70 min­utes to dis­patch Tomic, tak­ing 15 of 23 points off Tomic’s sec­ond serve and sur­ren­der­ing only one ser­vice break to the world No. 25.

“It was a very tough match to­day,” said Smith, who earned en­try to the Wim­ble­don sin­gles main draw for the first time last month. “It’s a great win. “I’ve known him ( Tomic) since I was a kid, we get along great. It’s al­ways tough play­ing a friend out there.”

Smith had been 0- 5 in ATP matches af­ter first- round losses this year to South African Kevin An­der­son at Del­ray Beach and French­man Kenny De Schep­per in five sets at Wim­ble­don.

Next up for Smith in the US event will be 166th- ranked Amer­i­can Jared Don­ald­son, who beat com­pa­triot Austin Krajicek 6- 7 ( 5/ 7) 6- 3 6- 2.

Tomic’s de­feat spelt more gloom for the tour­na­ment wild­card. He only com­peted at the tour­na­ment af­ter be­ing kicked out of Aus­tralia’s Davis Cup squad over his “un­ac­cept­able” crit­i­cism of Ten­nis Aus­tralia of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Pat Rafter and chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Ti­ley, fol­low­ing his third- round Wim­ble­don exit.

“It was tough to find a rhythm and he was play­ing good,” Tomic said. “Full credit to him ( Smith).” Croa­t­ian sec­ond seed Ivo Karlovic blasted 11 aces and never faced a break point in de­feat­ing Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko 7- 6 ( 7/ 4) 6- 7 ( 6/ 8) 6- 4.

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