Posted: Tuesday October 2, 2012 5:22 AM

Murrays wins opener in Japan Open title defense

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TOKYO (AP) - 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 the knee examined.

 
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