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Djokovic, Tsonga win opening matches at China Open

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Associated Press
10/2/2012 11:15:27 AM
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BEIJING -- Novak Djokovic won his opening match at the China Open by defeating German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2 on Tuesday in his first match since losing the U.S. Open final.

The Serb is a two-time winner in Beijing and remained undefeated at the tournament after converting both his break points in the third set, and holding his own serve throughout the match.

Third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced by beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) with the help of 14 aces, while Russia's Mikhail Youzhny beat seventh-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

In other first-round matches, Nikolay Davydenko defeated qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr. 7-5, 6-1 in an all-Russian matchup, Jurgen Melzer of Austria hit 12 aces to beat Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3), and Andreas Seppi of Italy advanced when Julien Benneteau of France had to retire with an injury to his right arm while trailing 6-1, 2-0.

Novak Djokovic (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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