Found October 02, 2012 on Tennis Panorama :

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


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


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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