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Tomic in foul-mouthed tirade

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Bernard Tomic was at the centre of a foul-mouthed US Open controversy on Tuesday when he became embroiled in a lewd exchange with a heckler. 

The 23-year-old Australian was beaten in the first round by Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia on the old Grandstand court but before the match, he also spectacularly misplaced his composure, angrily hitting back at a spectator he accused of deliberately trying to get under his skin.

Courtside microphones picked up Tomic saying "I will put my b**** in your mouth" and "I will give you some money to make you feel good".

Tomic has apologised for the incident, suggesting his Croatian roots may have been a factor in the clash against his Bosnian opponent.

He said: "I apologised for what I said. I think, when the guy left after the first set, the crowd got happy because he was a bit annoying. He was just saying negative stuff.

"I didn't know who it was because I was just focusing on the court. It was tough to figure out in the background. It's passed and I don't really care who this guy is. He definitely baited me.

"I had problems on the other end, as well, with a few people in the corner. They were saying some negative stuff to me, in my language of Serbian-Croatian. The microphones didn't pick that up. But I obviously caught the blame for that."

At Wimbledon earlier this summer, Tomic was forced to apologise for using the word "retard" in a press conference.

Elsewhere, Ivo Karlovic sent down a US Open record 61 aces during his five-set victory over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan.

The 6-foot-11 Croatian broke the previous record of 49, established by Richard Krajicek in a 1999 quarter-final loss.

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