1/8/13 5:00 PM | Ricky Dimon
Grigor Dimitrov goes down in easy straight sets to Fabio Fognini on Tuesday in Sydney. Fognini is joined in the second round by Bernard Tomic, who took care of countryman Marinko Matosevic.
Fabio Fognini d. Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-1
Whether it was fatigue from a Brisbane final appearance, a desire for departure to Melbourne for the Australian Open, or the heat (or all three), Dimitrov did not even put up a fight in the first round of the Apia International on Tuesday. Fognini needed only 52 minutes to cruise past a disinterested opponent and set up a meeting with Marcel Granollers.
Dimitrov at least played his way to three games in the opener, but he did little more than stand on the court in set two. The 21-year-old Bulgarian dropped five consecutive games in lightning-quick fashion, finally held for 1-5, then watched Fognini serve it out with ease. Dimitrov won a horrendous six of 22 second-serve points and three of 23 first-serve return points.
Bernard Tomic d. Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4
Tomic turned in a solid performance from start to finish as he dispatched his fellow Australian in one hour and 13 minutes. The 20-year-old struck for a 3-1 lead in the first set by breaking with a well-timed forehand winner and he never relinquished control of the match. Tomic lost only seven points in five service games and did not face a single break point in the opener.
It was all but over when Matosevic surrendered serve at 2-2 in the second, this time at love and again via a Tomic forehand winner on break point. The world No. 64 dropped a mere five points in his last five service games, although he did have to fight off one break point along the way. Next up for Tomic is fifth-seeded Florian Mayer, who rolled over Jaoa Sousa on Monday.
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