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Granollers/Lopez Cruise In Dubai; Djokovics Fall

Doubles 2013

Spaniards© DDFTCMarcel Granollers and Marc Lopez beat Marcos Baghdatis and David Goffin in their opener.

Top seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez opened their debut Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over first-time pairing Marcos Baghdatis and David Goffin on Monday.

The Spaniards won 71 per cent of points behind their first serve and broke Baghdatis/Goffin five times from nine opportunities to clinch victory in 54 minutes. They have reached three tour-level semi-finals this season, including at the Australian Open last month (l. to Haase/Sijsling).

Wild cards Novak Djokovic and younger brother Marko Djokovic were beaten in the first round, falling to Nikolay Davydenko and Dick Norman, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 in 75 minutes. The Djokovic brothers were playing together for the fifth time and dropped to a 0-5 team record.

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