Dimitrov edges out Yang, Tomic also through to second round in Bangkok

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Grigor Dimitrov narrowly avoided a disappointing first round exit after saving a match point on his way to defeating Tsung-Hua Yang 6-3  3-6  7-6 (7). It stopped Yang from earning his first main draw win at ATP level. Serve was dominant throughout this 2 hour and 15 minutes encounter with just five break points on offer throughout the match. Each player needed just one as the pair traded 6-3 sets (Dimitrov the first) to move to a decider.

Dimitrov was close to a disappointing exit when at 4-4 he faced two break points but did enough to save them and avoid having Yang serve for the match. Neither player could do much from then on so the final set tie break seemed a fitting end to the match. Dimitrov again started slowly and would lose the first point on his serve to quickly move down 3-0. Dimitrov faced *3-5 and *5-6 deficits later in the break but would hold his nerve with big hitting eventually forcing a match point on his serve at 8-7. The Bulgarian would make no mistake this time round and with this victory he will set up a mouthwatering clash with Richard Gasquet.

Bernard Tomic put on an excellent display to destroy Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-0  6-2. After missing four break points in the opening game of the match, the surprise 2010 champion was never in the match. Tomic would break three times in a row to bagel his Spanish opponent. The second set would be a little closer but never much of a contest, the Australian breaking in the sixth to finally take full control and doing so again in the next game to save himself from having to serve for the match. Tomic faces Israeli Dudi Sela in the next round after his victory over Marco Chiudinelli.

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