Chardy, Tomic, Baghdatis through to the second round in Toronto

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Bernard Tomic of Australia was able to overcome qualifier Michael Berrer in the first round of Toronto Masters. The 19 years old needed three sets and just over two hours to get through to the next round, winning 6-3  3-6  6-3. Tomic saved 5 out of 6 break points on his way to defeat the German left handed player and to end his seven matches losing streak that started in May.  The Australian ranked no. 49 will face top seed world number 2 Djokovic next.  Although Djokovic has beaten Tomic in their previous  two meetings, they are yet to face each other in an official match on hard court. The Serbian player, who won the title in Montreal last year, will be looking for a good hard court season start ahead of the US Open.

Also joining Tomic in the second round is Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman defeated American player Donald Young 3-6  7-6  6-0 in 2 hour and 12 minutes. Young is now on a 16-match losing streak, having not won a match since defeating Dimitrov in Memphis in February. After exchanging breaks in the first set, Young was able to break Chardy’s serve to take the first set. The American player won just 2/14 points on his second serve in that first set, while Chardy managed to win 3/13. In the second set, the world no. 47 Chardy improved his serve and clinched the set on his seventh set point in the ‘breaker’ (7-4), taking the match into the decider.  World no. 84 Young has then seemed to give up in the final set, winning only 33% of the total service points and 14% of the return points, while Chardy won 86% service points and 67% return points respectively.  This resulted in Chardy bageling Young in the final set and booking a place in the second round, where he will face countryman Tsonga. World number 6 Tsonga, who won their only meeting in 2009 on hard court in Johannesburg, will be aiming to reach his first Masters Series semifinal this year.

Another first round winner is Cypriot player Marcos Baghdatis, who has beaten Carlos Berlocq in straight sets 6-4  6-3. Berlocq started the match well, breaking serve in the fifth game and taking a 4-2 lead before losing four consecutive games to hand the set to Baghdatis. Despite his low serve percentage in the second set, the Cypriot was able to get an early lead by breaking Berlocq’s serve in the fourth game. They kept on holding serves until the world no. 45 was able to serve it out. Both players hit exactly 31 unforced errors, but Baghdatis hit 17 winners, while Berlocq hit 13. The Cypriot now advances to the second round, where he will meet Croatian player Marin Cilic. Cilic has got a positive 2-1 head to head record against Baghdatis, winning one match each in their previous two hard court encounters.

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