Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - World No. 1 and three-time
champion Novak Djokovic highlighted Tuesday's opening-round winners
at the $1.785 Dubai Tennis Championships.
Playing his first match in four weeks, the Australian Open champion Djokovic
extended his unbeaten streak to 14 matches with a 6-1 6-4 victory over fellow
Serb Viktor Troicki on the hardcourts at Dubai Tennis Stadium.
Djokovic, who captured this Dubai event three straight years from 2009-11,
will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday.
In other action involving seeds, No. 3 Tomas Berdych blew past American wild
card Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-3, No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points
before outlasting former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
(7-4), and former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko doused sixth-seeded Serb Janko
Tipsarevic 6-0, 7-5. Berdych was last week's Marseille runner-up to Jo-
Up next for Berdych will be German Tobias Kamke, while the former U.S. Open
and recent Rotterdam champ del Potro will take on Indian Somdev Devvarman.
Additional wins came for Romanian Victor Hanescu, Spaniard Marcel Granollers,
Russian wild card Dmitry Tursunov, and Kamke. Granollers should have his hands
full with five-time Dubai titlist Roger Federer on Day 3.
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