Memphis - Ivan Dodig of Croatia beat eighth-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Monday in the opening round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.
The unseeded Dodig survived two match points in a third-set tiebreaker, winning when Tomic netted an easy volley to end the nearly three-hour match.
The 19-year-old Tomic, Australia's top-ranked player, lost for only the third time this season. His only other losses have been to third-ranked Roger Federer and No. 4 Andy Murray.
Among those advancing to the second round in the Memphis International, the accompanying women's event, were Lucie Hradecka, Marina Erakovic, Michaella Krajicek and 2006 champion Sofia Arvidsson. - Sapa-AP