MUNICH (AP) Wild-card entry Janko Tipsarevic rallied to beat sixth-seeded Bernard Tomic 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the first round of the BMW Open clay-court tournament on Tuesday.
Tipsarevic, once ranked No. 8 in the world, is making a comeback after being sidelined 17 months following two surgeries to remove a benign tumor from his left foot.
After the start of play was delayed for several hours because of rain, Tipsarevic overcame cool conditions to win in just over two hours. He served 11 aces to Tomic's 5.
Fifth-seeded Philip Kohlschreiber eased into the second round with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jiri Vesely.
Lukas Rosol, Dominic Thiem, Radek Stepanek and Sergiy Stakhovsky also advanced in the clay-court tournament.