Bernard Tomic loses to 16-year-old at Roland Garros

Bernard Tomic lost to 16-year-old Arthur Fils in the first round of French Open qualifying

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Bernard Tomic was knocked out by 16-year-old Arthur Fils in the first round of French Open qualifying on Monday.

Fils, a local wildcard, created the headlines on a rain-interrupted day at Roland Garros as he fought back from a set down so defeat the seasoned Tomic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-3.

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Though Tomic battled hard in Paris, the 1034-ranked Fils prevailed in a match that lasted two hours and 12 minutes.

“I think clay is my favourite surface. I love it because it gives me time and I can play more with my forehand,” Fils told RolandGarros.com. “Every match is a fight and I love it. I think I only lost two matches on clay in juniors.”

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Fils will next meet another Australian, Marc Polmans, who accounted for his countryman Alex Bolt 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

World No 213 Tomic was one of the most high-profile players to be ousted on Monday.

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The mercurial 28-year-old was unable to match his efforts of February when he qualified for the Australian Open before going out in the second round.

Meanwhile, 2012 finalist Sara Errani edged past American Sachia Vickery 6-3, 7-5 to enter the second round of qualifiers.

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