Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic.
Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic. GETTY IMAGES

Tomic shows true grit in US Open

AUSTRALIAN Bernard Tomic has a great chance of moving into the third round of the US Open tonight when he takes on British qualifier Daniel Evans, who has lifted his world ranking from 367 to 179 since March.

Tomic fought back from two sets down in his first-round match to beat Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-6 6-3.

Tomic, accused of tanking at the same tournament last year in his straight sets loss to American Andy Roddick, was surprised to learn he would be playing Evans, after the Brit upset 11th seed Kei Nishikori, from Japan, 6-4 6-4 6-2.

"On paper it looked like Kei should have won that match - it shows you have to be ready to play anyone," Tomic said.

The two other Aussie men in action on day one were both eliminated. Marinko Matosevic is still searching for his first grand slam singles victory, losing to Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-2. Nick Kyrgios, 18, lost to the fourth seed, Spain's David Ferrer, 7-5 6-3 6-2.

Queensland teen Ashleigh Barty moved through to the second round of a grand slam for the second time, beating Spain's Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-1 6-4 to earn a match-up tonight against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.