Posted December 31, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03: Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany returns a shot against Somdev Devvarman of India during day four of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2009 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Philipp Kohlschreiber opened his season with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Qatar Open on Monday. The third-seeded German was joined in the second round by sixth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who battled past Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The injury plagued Nikolay Davydenko, whose ranking has fallen to No. 48 from a high of No. 3, cruised past Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-2, 6-3. Top-seeded David Ferrer and second-seeded Richard Gasquet of France play their opening-round matches Tuesday. The $1.05 million tournament is missing many of the game's biggest stars with Ferrer and Gasquet as the only top-10 players taking part in the event.
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