ATP Rogers Cup: Florian Mayer came from a set down to overcome Bernard Tomic in Montreal
Last Updated: 05/08/13 11:10pm
Florian Mayer: Knocked Bernard Tomic out in Montreal
Germany's Florian Mayer came from a set down to overcome Australian youngster Bernard Tomic in the first round of the Rogers Cup on Monday.
Mayer, ranked 50 in the world, came on strong to eventually complete a 5-7 6-3 6-3 triumph as the year's sixth Masters series event began under blue skies in Montreal.
Tomic made a bright start with solid serving and accurate ground strokes and broke decisively in the 11th game of the first set on his way to edging ahead.
But the Australian then started to throw in more unforced errors and Mayer broke twice without reply in the second to draw level.
The 29-year-old German then needed just one in the decider to settle an entertaining contest as he closed out victory in an hour and 37 minutes.
"I missed my chances, I didn't focus early on in the second set and that's when he took over," Tomic said afterwards. "I dropped my concentration and he played very well."
Mayer will next face the top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic - the Serb having knocked Mayer out in the first round at Wimbledon in June.
Latvia's Ernests Gulbis joined Mayer in the last 32 after a 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 win over Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez.
Having edged a tense tie-breaker to get his nose in front, Gulbis was able to rely on his big serve in the second as he broke once before staying strong on his own delivery.
Croatian Ivan Dodig - who stunned Rafael Nadal in the second round at this tournament two years ago - thrashed Slovenian Grega Zemlja 6-1 6-1 to secure a second-round showdown with in-form sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro who won in Washington over the weekend.
Elsewhere there were straight-set wins for Pablo Andujar and Marinko Matosevic, while Martin Klizan and Andreas Seppi emerged victorious from final-set tie-breaks against Thomaz Bellucci and Lukas Rosol respectively to progress.