World number 123 Bernard Tomic has successfully qualified for the main draw in Chengdu and he didn't stop there, prevailing over Bradley Klahn 6-7 7-6 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes for his first ATP win since Wimbledon. The American fired 20 aces but also nine double faults and he suffered five breaks of serves from 10 chances Tomic created, unable to stay on a high level after losing the second set.
Bernard served at 71% and he fends off six out of nine break points, keeping his focus in the deciding moments of the second set and sailing through the rest of the match to reach the second round and earn more points that will push him closer to the place in the Top 100.
Klahn had the full control in the opening set, serving well and scoring a break at 15 in game five to serve for the set at 5-4. Tomic broke back in the very last moment but he got broken again in game 11, allowing Bradley to serve for the set for the second time in the following game.
It wasn't to be for the American this time around as well, wasting a set point and losing serve to set up a tie break where he fell 5-0 down in no time at all. Out of sudden, the American won five points in a row to level the score and he saved another break point on the return at 5-6, winning the last three points of the breaker for an 8-6.
They traded breaks in the fourth and fifth games of the second set and Tomic saved a break point in game eight that could have cost him the match if Klahn managed to convert it. The set went into a tie break and despite the pressure on his back Tomic delivered fine tennis to win it 7-3 with two mini-breaks, becoming the favorite in the decider.
There, he broke Klahn in games two and eight to secure the win and celebrate his fifth triumph on the ATP level in 2018. First round results: