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Djokovic brothers go 1-1 in Dubai

Feb. 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic opened defense of his title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a win Monday but his brother didn't fare as well.

Djokovic, in his first tournament since winning the Australian Open, took out Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 6-2. Djokovic won more than 70 percent of the points on serve and Stebe wasn't able to convert any of his three break chances.

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Marko Djokovic, four years younger than and 868 rankings spots behind Novak, was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by Andrey Golubev. Even with a break, Golubev dropped just 13 points on serve.

Sixth-seeded Marcy Fish was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Andreas Beck. Fish won 69 percent of the points off Beck's serve and was 5-for-5 in break opportunities.

Also, Lukas Rosol topped Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-2, losing a mere eight points on serve, and Lukas Lacko survived a marathon third-set tiebreaker in a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (16-14) win over Sergei Bubka.

In addition to Novak Djokovic, the field at Dubai includes seven other Top 10 players. That includes world No. 3 Roger Federer, who lost 6-3, 6-3 to Djokovic in the 2011 final.

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