Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Promising Aussie Bernard Tomic was among
Monday's opening-round winners at the $2.649 Rogers Cup, the sixth of nine ATP
Masters tournaments this year.
The 19-year-old Tomic held off left-handed German qualifier Michael Berrer
6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. Tomic is rewarded with a
second-round match against reigning champion and two-time Rogers Cup titlist
Novak Djokovic, who received an opening-round bye.
Meanwhile, France's Jeremy Chardy overcame disappointing American Donald Young
3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 and Serbian Viktor Troicki handled struggling Russian Alex
Bogomolov Jr. 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Aussie lucky-loser Matthew Ebden came back to dismiss Canadian wild card Peter
Polansky 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Day 1.
This week's top seed is the reigning champion Djokovic, who beat American
Mardy Fish in last year's finale in Montreal, as this events alternates
between Montreal and Toronto each year. Fish will open his week against Ebden.
The 2012 Rogers Cup field also features Olympic gold medalist and Wimbledon
runner-up Andy Murray and London Games bronze medalist and former U.S. Open
champ Juan Martin del Potro. Murray, like Djokovic, has captured this Canadian
Masters event twice. Del Potro was the 2009 runner-up to Murray in Montreal.
Some other top names in Toronto are Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Czech
slugger Tomas Berdych and 6-foot-9 American John Isner, who will meet Andujar
in the round of 32.
The newest Rogers Cup champ will collect $522,550.
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