Ram advances, Tomic falls in Kuala Lumpur

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Bernard Tomic lost in a third-set tiebreaker. (Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur Facebook Photo)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP)—Rajeev Ram of the United States moved into the second round of the Malaysian Open by beating Australian wild card Omar Jasika 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 Tuesday.

Ram will next face top-seeded Kei Nishikori, who reached the U.S. Open final this month and had a first-round bye in Kuala Lumpur.

“I’ve played Nishikori a couple of years ago in Newport and I actually happened to win. He’s obviously been playing awesome — reaching the finals of the U.S. Open is a fantastic achievement. Hopefully it will be a good match,” said Ram after his win.

Also, seventh-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain beat Gregoire Burquier of France 6-2, 6-4, Philipp Petzschner of Germany defeated James Ward of Britain 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), and Go Soeda won an all-Japanese match against Kento Takeuchi 6-2, 6-1.

In a late match, No. 126-ranked Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France beat 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7).

In an all-Australian match, Marinko Matosevic edged Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) in a tight 93-minute encounter. Both men served well, with the 19-year-old Kyrgios racking up 11 aces and Matosevic hitting seven, but careless mistakes by Kyrgios in both tie breakers were costly.

“He's beaten Nadal this year, so I knew it'd be a tough match," Matosevic said. "It was my first match since I played Federer at the U.S. Open. I thought I was a little rusty, but I served well today. I'm happy to win in straight sets.” 

Kyrgios accepted a wild card into the doubles draw with Malaysian youngster Syed Mohd Agil.

“I got beaten. Marinko played well, I thought he served well," Kyrgios said. "He's improved a lot. I didn't play very well, but all credit to him. (The doubles) is going to be exciting, going to be a lot of fun.”


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