Bernard Tomic has survived his first round clash at the Istanbul Open, despite dropping the opening set.
The Gold Coast product took nearly two hours to take out the match against world No.216 Mohamed Safwat of Egypt, prevailing 5-7 7-5 6-3 on Tuesday morning.
It comes just a week after the 24-year-old withdrew from his second round match up with world no.1 Andy Murray at the Barcelona Open, citing a back injury.
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Tomic will face Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round at Istanbul.
Fellow Australian Jordan Thompson also secured his place in round two after beating Spain’s Adrian Menendez in three sets.