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Murray wins opener in Japan Open title defense

Updated: October 2, 2012, 6:47 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Andy Murray opened the defense of his Japan Open title by beating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday.

Murray withstood 17 aces from Karlovic at Ariake Colosseum.

Gael Monfils of France, who was scheduled to be Murray's opponent, withdrew with a right knee injury he aggravated in Beijing last week, and was replaced by lucky loser Karlovic. Monfils is returning to Paris to have his knee examined.

Despite having break points in the first ...

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