Monaco and Tipsarevic grab first round victories in Tokyo

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Seeded players Juan Monaco and Janko Tipsarevic  overcame their first round rivals at 2012 Japanese Open in Tokyo.

Last week’s Kuala Lumpur conqueror Monaco – it was his fourth ATP title of the season – made it to the second round of Japanese Open without dropping a serve. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov started the match well with a love game, but lost two of his serves by 1-4. It was a routine work for fourth-seeded Argentine from then on. He had a chance to wrap up the set with a third break, yet he ultimately served it out with a comfortable hold. 60th-ranked Dimitrov opened the second set the same way he did the first one, which gave him a confidence to produce four break balls in the game two. However, Monaco stood his ground, held his serve, and rushed through the rest of the set for a 6-2, 6-1 easy triumph. His next opponent is a former World no. eight Marcos Baghdatis.

Third seed Serbian player Tipsarevic, who is chasing his second ATP trophy in 2012, was extended to three sets by Gilles Simon. Eighteenth-ranked Frenchman was victorious in Bucharest earlier this year and lost a Bangkok final to his countryman Gasquet last week. He clinched a break in the third game of the opener which enabled him a one set lead after forty-five minutes. Tipsarevic came stronger into the second and was in position to serve it out at 5-3, holding a one break advantage. Twenty-three rallies long game followed: Simon battled his way to five re-break balls, while Tipsarevic converted his fifth set point in the end. The Serb broke his opponent instantly in the opening game of the decider, yet he could not consolidate the break despite having five ball games at his disposal. Interestingly, it was Simon who fell apart completely after 1-1 as Tipsarevic pulled off an overwhelming five games run to advance into second round with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 final scoreline after two hours and twenty-six minutes of tennis. He has never played his next challenger Marco Chiudinelli before.

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