Mexico City Open: Bernard Tomic wins four games and loses in 56 minutes

Bernard Tomic lost to Thiago Agustin Tirante in straight sets in the first round

by Jovica Ilic
Mexico City Open: Bernard Tomic wins four games and loses in 56 minutes

The 30-year-old Bernard Tomic experienced a short Mexico City Open Challenger campaign. Former Major quarter-finalist fell to Thiago Agustin Tirante 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round, staying on the court for 56 minutes! Bernard kicked off the season with two Futures events in Doha, reaching one final.

After early retirement in Kuwait, the Aussie took a break and returned in Monterrey Challenger. Bernard qualified for the main draw and reached the quarter-final before another retirement in the second set against Mitchell Krueger.

Tomic went to Mexico City and entered another Challenger, this time on clay, his by far the worst surface. Competing as the top-400 player for the first time since Mexico City a year ago, Bernard could not stay on the court for an hour, struggling on serve and return and hitting the exit door.

Tirante hit five aces and held everything under control after fending off all three break chances in the opening set.

Bernard Tomic fell to Thiago Agustin Tirante in Mexico City.

Tomc served at 48% and plagued his options for a better result.

Bernard hit six double faults and gave away over half of the points in his games. The Argentine converted four out of seven break chances to control the pace and sail over the top. Thiago Agustin saved a break point with an ace in the encounter's first game and blasted another to bring it home and avoid an early setback.

The Argentine forced the Aussie's error in game two to create break chances and seized the first to open a 2-0 advantage. Tirante secured the third game with a service winner before Tomic clinched his first game in the next one to reduce the deficit.

Thiago Agustin came from 30-0 down in the fifth game and held with a service winner for a 4-1 advantage. Bernard produced a fine hold in game six to reduce the deficit and earned two break chances in the next one after the rival's double fault.

The Argentine denied them with good serves, claimed a 17-stroke exchange and brought the game home for 5-2. The Aussie served to stay in the set in game eight and got broken at love following a loose forehand to hand the opener to his rival.

Tirante held at 15 at the start of the second set, and Tomic followed that with a service winner in game two. Bernard netted a backhand in the fourth game to experience three break points and hit a double fault to lose serve and fall behind.

Thiago Agustin held at love in game five for 4-1 and missed break chances in the next one that could have pushed him closer to the finish line. The Argentine grabbed the seventh game at love before the Aussie opened a 40-0 lead in the eighth.

Tomic squandered three game points and netted a routine forehand on the match point to propel the rival over the finish line.

Bernard Tomic Thiago Agustin Tirante