BERNARD Tomic has suffered a deflating start to his Australian summer, falling short at the Brisbane International in the opening round.
Tomic went down to eighth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3 7-5 in a hail of unforced errors at Pat Rafter Arena on Monday.
The Gold Coaster, ranked 26th in the world, traditionally performs well at his home tournament but struggled with his serve and forehand against the far more consistent Ferrer.
Earlier, Elina Svitolina beat Olympic Gold medallist Monica Puig in straight sets on Pat Rafter Arena to kick off day two at the Brisbane International.
Svitolina, the tournament’s sixth seed, has carried on from her breakthrough season last year where she became the only player on tour to beat both 2016’s world number ones, Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.
The Ukranian World No. 14 cruised past Puerto Rican Puig 6-3, 6-3.
Hometown hero Sam Stosur is next out on Pat Rafter Arena to play French Open champion, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
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