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Djokovic given scare on clay by Andreev

Djokovic given scare on clay by Andreev

Third-seeded Novak Djokovic struggled to beat Igor Andreev 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Estoril Open on Monday.
On the same day he moved to a career-high No. 5 ranking, the 19-year-old Djokovic missed a match point at 5-4 in the third set and two more in the tiebreaker before finishing off Russia's Andreev, on a comeback from knee surgery, in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
Djokovic is chasing his third title of the season, after winning in Adelaide in January and the Miami Masters a month ago.
Juan Monaco of Argentina knocked out eighth-seeded Gael Monfils 7-5, 1-6, 6-2, extending the miserable run for the Frenchman, who hasn't won since the Australian Open.
In another upset, local player Frederico Gil triumphed over Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Also, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina rallied past Alejandro Falla of Colombia 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, and avenged a loss at the U.S. Open, Spanish qualifier Santiago Ventura beat Argentina's Sergio Roitman 7-5, 6-2, and Russian Evgeny Korolev retired feeling unwell after losing eight of nine games to Spain's Alberto Martin.
Stepanek upset
German wild card Alexander Waske upset sixth-seeded Radek Stepanek 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first round of the BMW Open yesterday.
Waske, a big-serving doubles specialist, had 11 aces to earn his first singles win this year.
Also, fifth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen had a break of serve in each set to defeat Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-4.
Benjamin Becker, Nicolas Massu and Raemon Sluiter also advanced to the second round of the clay-court tournament.
Becker beat qualifier Nenad Zimonjic 7-6 (6), 6-3; Massu routed Thomas Johansson 6-2, 6-1; and Sluiter rallied to defeat Jan Hajek 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).


Updated : 2021-04-23 19:31 GMT+08:00