Djokovic struggles at Estoril

Updated: 02 May 2007 14:48 IST

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.

Djokovic struggles at Estoril

Oeiras, Portugal:

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.

In the women's first round, third-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic beat Aravane Rezai of France 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Fifth-seeded Olga Poutchkova defeated fellow Russian Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) and will try to win consecutive matches for the first time this year when she plays Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain, a 6-1, 7-6 (2) winner over Portugal wild card Ana Catarina Nogueira.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Virginie Razzano of France 7-6 (14), 7-5.

Topics : Tennis Novak Djokovic
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