Bernard Tomic has continued his losing streak after being bundled out of the Monte Carlo Masters in the opening round.
The Gold Coaster went down to Argentine clay-court specialist Diego Schwartzman 6-1 7-6 (7-3).
Tomic, who has slipped to No.43 in the world from a high of 17 last year, has now suffered five first round losses in the first fourth months of the year.
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It appears clay is definitely n ot a surface that suits Tomic’s playing style. He has only won just three of his 11 matches on clay in the last two years.
His best chance of a rankings boost will come during the grass court season where he typically performs well.