Impressive Tomic breezes into second round

Ian McCullough
Bernard Tomic is through to the second round at Wimbledon after beating Hubert Hurkacz

Lucky loser Bernard Tomic has downed Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets to cruise into the Wimbledon second round.

Still not 100 per cent after being ill during his final-round qualifying loss last week, Tomic advanced 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

It was an impressive return to the All England Club for Tomic, in his first appearance since being fined $20,000 after admitting to being bored and feigning injury during his first-round loss to Mischa Zverev last year.

The Queenslander hurled down 12 aces and held serve throughout as he overpowered the world No.122, who was also a lucky loser.

Tomic was handed a lifeline into the main draw despite losing to Ruben Bemelmans in Roehampton last week where he said he woke up feeling ill on the morning of the match.

The former Wimbledon quarter-finalist and world No.17 didn't waste his opportunity, closing out a comfortable win to set up a secord-round match against Japanese 24th seed Kei Nishikori.

Tomic said he was all set to get on a plane and head home just before learning of his late first-round inclusion and believes he can make an impression in his favourite event of the year.

"I always play well here, I just need to get into a rhythm," Tomic said.

"I was sick for five days and even today I didn't feel my best, but I feel a lot better.

"It's not easy to be sick, but I gave it another chance."

Tomic's victory was his ninth of the grass-court season after the 25-year-old made a run to the semi-finals in s'-Hertogenbosch before arriving at Wimbledon.

"I should have won the title in Holland, had a chance to beat Gasquet and get to the final," Tomic said.

"I have been playing good, not my best over the last few months, but I have given myself a chance as I won today.

"Not my best but I took my chance and we keep going again."