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Djokovic beats qualifier to advance

Updated: February 24, 2009, 2:29 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-seeded Novak Djokovic struggled with his serve before beating Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Serb broke Cipolla in the second game of the first set, but the Italian broke back in the fifth. Djokovic found his game after that, however, and was rarely troubled.

"I'm happy that I'm through in straight sets, but certainly it wasn't the performance I was looking ...

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