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Djokovic, Youzhny move ahead

sports Updated: Feb 10, 2010 23:57 IST
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Top-seeded Novak Djokovic made a winning return to the tour when he advanced through the ABN Amro first round because Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine retired with a leg injury on Tuesday.

Djokovic was leading 6-2, 4-1 at the time. The Serb was making his first tour appearance since losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals. He’ll next face Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli, who beat Michael Llodra of France 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6). Another former champ, 2007 winner Mikhail Youzhny, beat Kazakh qualifier Andrey Golubev 1-6, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5) in 2:19 without a single break.

Seventh-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia was ousted by Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 6-3.