Baseline Buzz: First-day flurry

Garber: Here's another surprise that might not show up on the big-time radar: Dominic Thiem, the 20-year-old Austrian who has been celebrated as a future star, actually lost to a player five months younger than he is. Australia's Luke Saville -- ranked No. 236 among ATP players -- handled Thiem 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Thiem qualified his way into seven ATP events over the first half of the year and actually beat Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in Madrid, but he didn't show much Monday. He's now 11-12 for the year. Saville has shown here he's a battler. After losing two of the first three sets in the final qualifying round, he ground out the win with a 7-6 (7) tiebreaker and a 8-6 final set. Now he's got a second-round date with No. 11 seed Grigor Dimitrov, who a 23, was the next big thing a few years ago.

Wilansky: Thiem is an explosive player, and despite his loss, big things are still projected. Reminds me of another one-time precocious talent named  Bernard Tomic. He, however, has been relegated to knucklehead status in recent years. Why? He has tanked, walked off the court in the middle of a match, butted heads with countryman Lleyton Hewitt, clashed with Tennis Australia and, naturally, locked himself in his house after running from police. Oh, and for good measure, Tomic set a new ATP low last season by losing the shortest match on record -- a 28-minute, 20-second blasting at the hands (and racket) of Jarkko Nieminen. But why dwell on the past? On Monday, Tomic won his opener in a scant 87 minutes, a straight-sets win against Evgeny Donskoy. Could this be a turning point in his career or just a rare respite from his transgressions?

Garber: And Tomic plays No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych in the second round, a match that just might be winnable for the Aussie. What wasn't winnable was Monday's match for Alex Kuznetsov against No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini. The Tampa, Florida, resident (via Kiev, Ukraine) has won only one Grand Slam match in his 11 years as a professional -- and that total remains the same after a terrific five-set match that ended at 9-7 when an errant forehand sent Fognini sprawling into the grass. You had to feel for the 27-year-old Kuznetsova, who suffered a barrage of Fognini antics.

Wilansky: Including his refusal to shake the umpire's hand. All in all, a fairly straight-forward opening day with minimal big-name casualties. When play resumes Tuesday, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey, whose fates were halted by rain, will both be serving for the match. Tsonga, the 14th seed here, had to battle his way back from a two sets to one deficit against Jurgen Melzer and leads the Austrian 5-4 in the final frame. Querrey is up a break at 6-5 against fellow American Bradley Klahn. So if you're doing the match, that's two players who are four points away from an opening-round win ... and now they have to think about it all night. Sweet dreams.

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