Andy Murray faces Tomic test

  • Last Updated: March 22 2013, 12:17 GMT

Andy Murray will face Australian Bernard Tomic in his opening match of the Sony Open in Miami.

Murray (r) beat Tomic in their only previous meeting
Murray (r) beat Tomic in their only previous meeting

The British star was handed a first-round bye at the Masters 1000 tournament and Tomic set up a meeting with the second seed by defeating Marc Gicquel on Thursday.

Tomic, regarded as one of the rising stars of the ATP World Tour, did not have things all his own way against the French qualifier, but prevailed 7-5 7-6 (7/3) to progress to round two.

His clash with Murray is set to take place on Saturday.

The Scot won the pair's only previous meeting, easing to a 6-3 6-2 victory in Brisbane last year.

Meanwhile, Jarkko Nieminen rallied from a set down to sink Argentina's David Nalbandian 2-6 6-4 6-3 in one hour 49 minutes.

Serbia's Viktor Troicki advanced with a 6-2 6-3 success against Spain's Pablo Andujar, while Belgium's David Goffin defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-1 and Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu got the better of American Robby Ginepri 7-5 6-1.

Olivier Rochus was leading Tatsuma Ito 4-6 6-4 3-1 when the Japanese player retired injured, while Guido Pella and Carlos Berlocq were just three games into their all-Argentinian clash when the latter said he was unable to continue with a knee injury.

Colombian pair Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo had straight-sets victories over Go Soeda and Rhyne Williams, respectively, while other first-round winners included Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Lukasz Kubot, Ivan Dodig and Thomaz Bellucci.


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