Tomic And Stosur Prep For Paris Grand Slam

Just days away, Stosur and Tomic are feeling different things heading into Roland Garros.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Bernard Tomic won his first round matchup with Lukas Lacko at the Open de Nice, 6-2 6-3.

It took the 19-year-old Australian star just 65 minutes to defeat 24-year-old, World No.64, Lacko from Slovakia and will now face Mikhail Kukushkin in the next round.

The Kazakhstani is the World No.55 but more importantly, a win will send Tomic into a third round meeting with Frenchman Gael Monfils. Monfils has reached the semis and twice the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, which starts on Sunday.

Tomic has risen to the no.28 world ranked singles player after starting the year at no.42 and has already defeated Monfils earlier this year.

Australian Matthew Ebden lost his matchup with Nikolay Davydenko (World No.53) but will play his first French Open next week.

In other Aussie tennis news, former ladies champ Evonne Goolalong Cawley has given Sam Stosur some advice ahead of the Paris Grand Slam, saying that she must replicate the mindset she took to New York when she defeated Serena Williams at the 2011 US Open.

Stosur has struggled this year but still has time to become the first Australian female singles player since Goolalong Cawley 41 years ago to claim multiple Grand Slam titles.

Goolalong Cawley told the Associated Press that a lot of Stosur’s recent struggles stem from mental lapses.

"It's about finding the right mental state. Sam needs to let it happen," she said.

"She needs to think more of the times when she did win the grand slam, get the inspiration from those moments and think about those moments and maybe that will get her through and maybe make her play consistently well. "

Stosur was most recently ousted from the Rome Masters last week in the third round by Venus Williams.