Top seeds Tomic and Karlovic sent packing


Bernard Tomic and Ivo Karlovic, the top two seeds at the Nastase Tiriac Trophy, crashed out in the second round on Thursday.

First seed Tomic received a bye in the opening round and got his clay season off to a poor start in Bucharest, going down to Robin Haase in a tight contest.

Haase secured a crucial break at 4-4 in a first-set tie-break in order to take the lead, but the world number 21 forced a decider after staving off seven break points in the second set.

Tomic continued to struggle on his serve, however, and the German completed a 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-3 triumph in which just eight points separated the two players.

Haase will face Fernando Verdasco in the quarter-finals after the Spaniard overcame qualifier Radu Albot 6-3 6-1.

Big-hitting Karlovic was also on the end of an upset, losing his seventh successive match by going down 6-3 6-4 to Lucas Pouille in just under 61 minutes.

The Croatian second seed produced 10 aces but was less efficient on his first serve than the 22-year-old Frenchman, who set up a quarter-final clash with Paolo Lorenzi following the Italian's 6-2 6-0 win against Taro Daniel.

After beating Illya Marchenko 7-5 6-2, Federico Delbonis is now the highest seed remaining in the competition, while defending champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez remains in contention following the Spaniard's 6-3 6-3 triumph over Kyle Edmund.

His compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver suffered a 6-1 3-6 6-2 loss to Guido Pella, while Marco Cecchinato defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-5 7-6 (7-3).