The story appears on

Page A13

November 5, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Sports » Tennis

Murray advances easily in Valencia, Djokovic through

TOP seed Andy Murray celebrated his return from injury with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over wildcard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round of the Valencia Open on Tuesday.

The British world No. 4, who has been sidelined since the US Open in September with a wrist problem, converted five of his 10 break points against the Spaniard, who is ranked 77, and lost his own serve just once.

Among the players still in with a chance of a place at the season-ending World Tour Finals in London later this month, fifth seed Gilles Simon of France had an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over Russia's Igor Kunitsyn.

Simon's compatriot Gael Monfils, the No. 6 seed, defeated Spanish wildcard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-2.

In other matches, Spain's former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero squandered a one-set lead in losing 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 to Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas.

Defending champion and Spanish eight seed David Ferrer broke Nicolas Almagro six times on the hard court in a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-2 win. Almagro twice won this tournament when it was played on clay.

Juan Monaco got past fellow Argentine Martin Vassallo Arguello 6-3, 6-2.

Another Argentine, Leonardo Mayer, beat Russian Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-3. Murray will next play Mayer.

Swiss indoors

In Basel, Switzerland, Novak Djokovic beat Andreas Beck of Germany 6-3, 7-5 in the first round at Swiss Indoors.

The third-ranked Serb, who recorded an ATP tour-leading 67th win of the year, earned match point with his 10th ace and won when Beck netted a forehand.

"My strokes were very solid today. I could have finished the match in a shorter time but he pulled out some good serves," he said.

Djokovic is playing in the main draw for the first time and seeded to meet hometown favorite Roger Federer in the final. He said he had received "great hospitality" at Federer's home event. Federer faces Italy's Andreas Seppi in the second round.

"It's normal that everyone is looking at him," Djokovic said. "Bottom line is that he's the best in the world."

Djokovic next plays 59th-ranked Jan Hernych of Czech Republic, who beat Australia's Peter Luczak 6-3, 6-4.

Swiss wildcard Marco Chiudinelli upset eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5.

Chiudinelli, was soon back on court partnering childhood friend Federer in the doubles. The two local residents lost 6-4, 6-3 to James Cerretani of the US and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi from Pakistan.

Also, Evgeny Korolev of Russia rallied to beat Italy's Simone Bolelli 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, Viktor Troicki of Serbia ousted Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (5) and Finland's Jarkko Nieminen beat France's Julien Benneteau 7-5, 6-2.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend