Djokovic, Ferrero advance in Vienna
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The third-ranked Serb dropped serve three times in the opening set but broke Ginepri four times.
"I was satisfied with my game from the baseline, but I was not happy at all with my serve," Djokovic said. "This was my first indoor match and it was hard to adapt to the circumstances.The surface is very slow and the arena is extremely humid. Even people sitting in the audience were sweating."
Juan Carlos Ferrero rallied past fifth-seeded Guillermo Canas 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). The 23rd-ranked Spaniard, who lost both previous matches against Canas this season, broke the Argentine twice in the second set.
Jurgen Melzer also advanced after beating Alexander Peya 6-4, 6-3 in all-Austrian first-round match. Feliciano Lopez of Spain defeated Werner Eschauer of Austria 6-3, 6-2, and Julien Benneteau of France stopped Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-2.
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