Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/10/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks up during the trophy presentaion after his men's final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day fourteen of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Andy Murray

Playing for the first time since capturing the US Open title in September, Scotland’s Andy Murray began defense of his Japan Open title with a over Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (7), 6-4 in his first round match on Tuesday.

Gael Monfils was originally scheduled to face the Scot, but had to pull out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Murray survived 17 aces from the 6’10” Croatian.

 

“Playing against him you know it is going to be uncomfortable,” Murray told media. “He is a tricky player.”
Nicolas Almagro, the fifth seed was knocked out of the tournament by wild card Tatsuma Ito, ranked 66th in the world 7-6(4), 7-6(5).

ATP World Tour 500
Japan Open Tennis Championships
Tokyo, Japan (+9 hours GMT)
1-7 October, 2012 Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 2 OCTOBER, 2012

Singles – First Round
[1] A Murray (GBR) d [LL] I Karlovic (CRO) 76(7) 64
[WC] T Ito (JPN) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 76(4) 76(5)
[6] M Raonic (CAN) d R Stepanek (CZE) 64 64
[8] K Nishikori (JPN) d G Soeda (JPN) 46 62 63
J Chardy (FRA) d [WC] Y Sugita (JPN) 61 75
[Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) d M Klizan (SVK) 76(3) 62
[Q] D Tursunov (RUS) d B Tomic (AUS) 64 75
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(3) 75
[PR] T Robredo (ESP) d J Nieminen (FIN) 62 64
A Falla (COL) d T Bellucci (BRA) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
T Berdych (CZE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 76(5) 63
D Bracciali (ITA) / F Cermak (CZE) d [WC] Y Sugita (JPN) / Y Uchiyama (JPN) 62 76(4)
P Petzschner (GER) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) d T Huey (PHI) / J Marray (GBR) 76(4) 75

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 3 OCTOBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [4] J Monaco (ARG)
[3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs G Simon (FRA)
J Chardy (FRA) vs [7] S Wawrinka (SUI)
[1] A Murray (GBR) vs L Lacko (SVK)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs J Monaco (ARG) / K Nishikori (JPN)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
P Petzschner (GER) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs T Berdych (CZE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) – After Suitable Rest

Not Before 5:00 PM
[WC] H Moriya (JPN) / T Suzuki (JPN) vs J Chardy (FRA) / M Melo (BRA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

Not Before 5:00 PM
B Paire (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

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