8/14/12 11:32 PM | Ricky Dimon
Bernard Tomic makes quick work of Brian Baker on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Tomic is through to a possible third-round showdown against Roger Federer.
Bernard Tomic beat Brian Baker 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of Western & Southern Open on Tuesday afternoon. Tomic was the first to book a spot in the last 16 after one hour and 16 minutes.
Baker, coming off an upset win over Philipp Kohlschreiber, started well enough and held his first four service games. The American saw three break chances early, but Tomic managed to stay on level terms. Tomic then struck when it mattered most, clinching the opening set with a break at 5-4.
An opportunity also presented itself for Baker at 3-3 in the second. Tomic faced three more break points but saved all of them with big first serves. That seemed to seal Baker's fate, as the world No. 78 dropped serve in the very next game. Tomic finished off the proceedings with an easy hold at 5-3.
The 19-year-old Australian wrapped up his effort with seven aces and two double-faults while saving all six of Baker's break points. Next up for Tomic is either Roger Federer or Alex Bogomolov.
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