Posted: Monday December 31, 2012 5:31 PM

Kohlschreiber ousts Dodig opening round at Doha

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Philipp Kohlschreiber opened his season Monday with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Qatar Open.

The third-seeded German was joined in the second round by sixth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who battled past Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Injury-plagued Russian Nikolay Davydenko, whose ranking has fallen to No. 48 from a high of No. 3, cruised past Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-2, 6-3.

Kohlschreiber outlasted his opponent with a gritty display. With both players holding serve throughout the first set, Kohlschreiber finally found a forehand winner in the tiebreaker.

Top-seeded David Ferrer and second-seeded Richard Gasquet of France play their opening-round matches Tuesday.

 
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