Bernard Tomic is the top seed at the M25 Chennai Futures, seeking wins after three short campaigns at Challengers in Nonthaburi. The Aussie is playing at Futures for the first time since October when he won the Las Vegas title, making a winning start in India and moving into the quarter-final.
The top seed spent an hour on the court in the opening round, with Grigoriy Lomakin retiring while trailing 6-3, 5-2. Tomic faced the home player Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam in the second round and delivered another fine performance, beating the Indian 6-1, 6-4 in 70 minutes.
Bernard fired ten aces and played well behind the initial shot, dropping nine points behind the initial shot and never facing a break point.
Abhinav Sanjeev could not follow that pace, making a slow start and recovering his game a bit in set number two before finishing on the losing side.
Bernard grabbed 38% of the return points, turning them into three breaks from six opportunities. The top seed made a reliable start and held in the encounter's first game at love with an ace. Shanmugam squandered a game point in game two and experienced a break, pushing Tomic 2-0 in front and giving him a boost.
Bernard Tomic plays well at the M25 Chennai Futures.
Bernard opened the third game with an ace and produced a hold at 15, cementing the advantage and moving 3-0 in front. The Indian responded with a fine hold in game four, holding at love with an ace and getting his name on the scoreboard.
Tomic held at 30 in game five, serving well so far and moving 4-1 in front. The Aussie stepped in on the return in the sixth game, breaking the rival's serve at 15 and forging a 5-1 advantage, serving for the set in game seven.
Bernard wrapped it up in style, holding at love and taking the opener 6-1 in under half an hour. The Indian held at 15 at the beginning of the second set, already replicating what he did in the entire opening set.
Tomic grabbed the second game from 30-30 and landed two aces two games later to lock the result at 2-2.
Shanmugam followed that pace with another convincing hold in game five, moving 3-2 up before Tomic clinched the next one with three aces, feeling the ball behind the initial shot. They served well in games seven and eight and Bernard stepped in on the return at 4-4, creating three break chances.
The Aussie seized the third and created the crucial 5-4 advantage. The top seed served for the victory in game ten and sealed the deal with his tenth ace, emerging over the top and entering the quarter-final.