Tomic crashes out of Swiss Open

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iol spt july16 Tomic Reuters Bernard Tomic of Australia.

Gstaad, Switzerland – Bernard Tomic of Australia was the first seeded player to be eliminated at the Swiss Open on Monday, losing 6-0, 6-4 to Benoit Paire of France in the first round.

The 47th-ranked Paire swept the first set despite landing only three first serves against the 45th-ranked Tomic, who was seeded eighth after getting a wild-card entry to the clay-court tournament.

Paul-Henri Mathieu was another Frenchman who had to overcome serving problems to win 6-3, 7-6 (4) against Igor Andreev of Russia. Mathieu, a former top-20 player, double-faulted 10 times but saved all seven break points he faced.

The 30-year-old Mathieu fell to 733 in the rankings after a left knee injury sidelined him last season.

Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic beat Matteo Viola of Italy 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, while Martin Fischer of Austria ousted Sandro Ehrat of Switzerland 6-2, 6-4. – Sapa-AP

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