AUSTRALIANS TOMIC, MATOSEVIC INTO QUARTER-FINALS

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AUSTRALIANS TOMIC, MATOSEVIC INTO QUARTER-FINALS

Bernard Tomic of Australia returns to Roger Federer of Switzerland in their fourth round match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2012. EPA/JOE CASTRO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT  |

(Original Story: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/05/18/Munich-Thursday-Tomic-Makes-Clay-Breakthrough.aspx)


Fifth seed Bernard Tomic reached his first ATP World Tour clay-court quarter-final on Thursday as he edged Italian Potito Starace 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3 in the second round of the BMW Open in Munich. The Australian trailed by a break of serve in the final set, but reeled off six of the last seven games to prevail in just over two hours.

The 19-year-old Tomic was a semi-finalist at the Brisbane International at the start of the season and improved to a 16-8 match record. He goes onto face either Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky or Spanish second seed Feliciano Lopez.

Tomic was joined in the last eight by fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic, who won a second-round duel between two qualifiers, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2, against Colombia’s Robert Farah. The 26-year-old Matosevic is contesting his first ATP World Tour clay-court tournament and broke serve five times from 14 opportunities to reach his second quarter-final of the season.

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