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Federer struggles but downs Troicki at Japan Open

Federer struggles but downs Troicki at Japan Open

Roger Federer had a rusty start at the Japan Open before overcoming unseeded Viktor Troicki 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) on Wednesday to reach the third round.
After a bye in the first round, the top-ranked Federer had trouble finding his rhythm against Troicki, who is ranked 276th and is playing in his first top level ATP tournament.
Qualifier Troicki, who beat Spain's Fernando Vicente in the first round, took advantage of some uncharacteristic unforced errors from Federer to make the match closer than it should have been.
It was hardly the performance Japanese fans were expecting from Federer, who is playing in his first tournament since winning the U.S. Open _ his 9th Grand Slam singles title and third for 2006.
Federer will face defending champion Wesley Moodie of South Africa in the next round.
Moodie, seeded 13th, cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Austria's Stefan Koubek.
In other matches, Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic upset fourth-seeded Andy Murray of Britain 6-3, 7-6 (1).
It was another early exit for Murray, who lost in the first round of the Thailand Open before coming to Japan.
"Every young player goes through stages where he is playing well and tournament's where he isn't playing well," said Murray. "It's not as though I lost to a bad player today, I played better in the second set but just couldn't force it to a third set."


Updated : 2021-04-10 19:04 GMT+08:00