Djokovic Needs Three In Beijing; Murray Survives 18 Aces From Karlovic In Tokyo
by Sean Randall | October 2nd, 2012, 10:38 am

Playing their first match since the US Open final, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, made successful fall debuts last night in Asia. Novak Djokovic wasn’t scintillating but he got past qualifier Michael Berrer in three sets 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 in his Beijing opener, as the Serb makes his charge for the No. 1 ranking.

“In the first set I felt that I could return a lot of serves, which I did, and played a really good set,” said Djokovic who is 10-0 all-time in Beijing. “Then I had a couple of break points in the first game of the second. He stayed with some big serves. That’s when I think he changed his tactics and his service games. He started mixing up more, and I had tough time to read it. I made little adjustment on the return, came closer to the line, and it paid off.”

Next for Novak is Carlos Berlocq Wednesday.

JW Tsonga was also a three set winner scraping by Denis Istomin 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(3). Second seed David Ferrer just had to retire in the first set to Yen Hsun Lu.

The women have one of their major events in Beijing. Serena and Venus aren’t there but Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sam Stosur are in attendance and still in the draw.

In Tokyo, Andy Murray won his eighth straight match ousting the dangerous “lucky loser” Ivo Karlovic 7-6(7), 6-4. Karlovic, who was a fill-in when Gael Monfils withdrew, blasted 18 aces in the loss.

“The good thing was I found out last night I was going to play Karlovic, so that helped,” Murray said. “Sometimes lucky losers come in right at the last minute, but I had the evening to think about the match for a little bit. When I practiced this morning, I was able to practice the things I needed to when you play against a guy with a big serve.”

Murray won this title last year. He’ll play Lukas Lacko tonight in the second round.

Canadian Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori were also winners. Nicolas Almagro was upset by wildcard Tatsuma Ito.

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19 Comments for Djokovic Needs Three In Beijing; Murray Survives 18 Aces From Karlovic In Tokyo

racquet Says:

I’ve read some disturbing news about Gael Monfils. He is flying back to see a doctor about surgery for his knee, and his career may be over if it doesn’t work. Apparently he also has a bipartite patella (like Andy) but has seriously damaged the cartilage through all his flashy acrobatics on court. Very sad news – hope he pulls through.

Sean Randall Says:

Good info racquet. While I’m not surprised his knee is in such bad shape, he’s still just 26 so there’s hope for a return post surgery. Assuming it’s that bad.

He’s also been my man, but the on-court “acrobatics” have clearly taken a toll.

Margot Says:

Oh that’s bad news racquet, he’s such an entertaining player to watch. Hope it’s not as serious as it sounds.
BTW looks as if Andy’s own serve was singing sweetly, which is good news for us Andy fans :)

alison Says:

Hope the news about Gael isnt as serious as it sounds,and i wish him all the best in his recovery,whenever a player suffers a career threatening injury its such sad news for the tour.

Dave Says:

Monfil’s coach Patrick Chamagne assured “There is nothing alarming. L’Equipe is sensational. I never said it was the end of his career.” Monfils is not planning an operation for now, though it’s not ruled out.

“We returned to Paris at four o’clock in the morning and we went to see the Doctor (Bernard) Montalvan, who assured us: Gael feel a little discomfort in the knee but he’s fine.”

“For now, Gael has not taken any medication. We’ll end the season with the appropriate anti-inflammatory treatment. If the pain is unmanageable, we will consider surgery. But it will be manageable.”

Monfils will withdraw from Shanghai.

Reassuring news for Monfils

alison Says:

Thats good news Dave thanks for letting us know,i always feel sad and uncomfortable when i here news of injuries,especially when they are made out to be career threatening,(excuse any dodgy spelling lol).

Brando Says:

Hope andy wins in Tokyo.

I would love it if he ends the year by winning the WTF.

Then arguably in the biggest 6 events of the year (surely fed, rafa and nole would agree with this 6) his results would read:

– USO: W

– WTF: W

– Singles Olympics: W

– Wimby: RU

– AO: SF (lost in a nail biting 5 set thriller v nole)

– FO: QTR (lost to clay master ferrer).

Highly impressive performance is the ONLY conclusion one could draw on such results- if it ends up that way.

He’d be my player of the season, regardless of what the ranking says, IF he could win the WTF- since on the biggest stages, overall his performance have arguably been the best.

Dave Says:

Hi Alison, yeah it is and I thought people who are worried should know. I wouldn’t want Monfils (or Tsonga) to have their careers further affected by injuries.

There have been too many badly injured or sick players who disappear into limbo because they’re not star players. I wish someone would keep track of all injured players by the years. Also players whose careers were prematurely ended or affected by injuries.

What dodgy spelling? You’re better than me!

The Great Davy Says:

Tomorrow I win. There is money online.

I mean on the line.

Humble Rafa Says:

I feel bad for Monfils. Our knees are good friends..learn from each other, for the worse.

You have bad knee, and you are French. Life doesn’t get any harder than that. Pray for Monfils.

Humble Rafa Says:

Great Davy,

How did you do in your favorite tournament, The Bet at Home Open? I was recuperating at that time.

jane Says:

Thanks for the updates on La Monf. I hope he is able to continue to play. Although his acrobatics are sometimes grown worthy, other times they are something else!

jane Says:

oops! groan… not grown…

tennisfansince76 Says:

not really surprising re Monfil’s knee. he has never really played correct tactics for faster courts. he retrieves too many balls and keeps them n play. he does not take control of the pts and make the other guy run and thus puts a lot of extra miles on his own legs. if he played like he did against Nole last year in cincinnati for the first set and a 1/2 he would have a longer career.

The Great Davy Says:

I invent new game everyone. Guess which injury I will pull out with! There is a new game each week! There is even online betting for this game I invent!

grendel Says:

I see the player who beat Laura Robson, Dominguez, pinched a set from Radwanska. Maybe that will ease the pain a little of being beaten by a player lower ranked than herself.

dari Says:

Andy sounding a bit domestic.with the talk about kids and dogs… Sort of ;)

jane Says:

Thanks for that link Margot. He does sound at ease…

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