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Tomic into Sydney second round

By AAP .
7 January 2014 08:05PM EST

BERNARD Tomic has enjoyed a breezy start to the Sydney International, taking just 59 minutes to cruise into the second round.

He may have been outranked by world No. 36 Spaniard Marcel Granollers, but he certainly wasn't outplayed, the defending champion easing to a 6-3, 6-0 win.

World No. 52 Tomic lost the opening game but from there just another two of the next 14 to set up a second round meeting with qualifier Blaz Kavcic, a straight-sets winner on Tuesday over 2012 champion Jarkko Nieminen.

It was a solid afternoon for Australia as Marinko Matosevic also took full advantage of his wildcard into the tournament, moving into the second round with a three-set win over Florian Mayer.

The world No.56 Matosevic belied his ranking with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over the German No. 38.

Matosevic enjoyed two breaks of serve in the first set before Mayer bounced back to level the match in second.

With the decider locked at three games apiece Matosevic reeled off ten straight points to all but seal the match.

Compatriot Sam Groth couldn't take advantage of his wildcard though, the journeyman eliminated by veteran Radek Stepanek.

Groth, fresh from a quarter-final appearance at the Brisbane International, had his chances against the Czech Davis Cup hero before succumbing 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2.

The towering Victorian, ranked at a career-high No. 157, had chances to go up a crucial break in the second set and also led 4-2 in the ensuing tie-breaker before letting his advantage slip.

Stepanek, who won the decisive singles rubber to secure the Czechs a Davis Cup win against Serbia last year, kicked things up a notch in the final set to close out the match.

In other men's action Nicolas Mahut beat Ryan Harrison 7-6 (2), 7-5, Marin Cilic edged qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and Sergiy Stakhovsky downed Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-4 while Albert Ramos also moved through to the second round.

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