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Ram loses in first round at Dubai

Updated: February 25, 2009, 5:30 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Protected by two bodyguards as he walked on the court, Andy Ram on Wednesday became the first Israeli to play in this Gulf state. He lost a doubles match a week after Israel's Shahar Peer was denied a visa for the women's tournament.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, meanwhile, led the top six seeds into the quarterfinals of the $2.23 million Dubai Tennis Championships.

Second-seeded Murray, the winner of two titles this year in Doha and Rotterdam, scored ...

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