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Murray brothers return with a win

ESPN staff
October 4, 2012

Andy and Jamie Murray kicked off the defence of their Japan Open doubles title by coming from behind to win their first round match.

The Scottish duo defeated Eric Butorac and Jarkko Nieminen in their Thursday clash at the Ariake Colosseum, although they ultimately needed a champions tie-break to secure a 5-7 6-3 10-4 success that took just shy of 90 minutes.

It was the first time the brothers had played together since the Olympics in London, and rustiness may have played a part as they dropped the first set - managing to convert just one of the six break point opportunities they created as Butorac and Nieminen took advantage.

But the pair had found their rhythm by the second stanza, finding a way to win more second service points as they duly restored parity. And it was that form that took them to victory in the champion's tie-break, as their opponents lost their nerve on serve at crucial moments.

The two Brits will now face the top seeded pairing of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the second round, after they defeated Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.

Murray resumes his singles campaign on Friday against Stanislas Wawrinka - but on Thursday there were comfortable second round victories for other top seeds in the competition, including Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic.

Berdych defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia in straight sets, 6-3 7-5, while Tipsarevic was a 6-4 6-2 winner against qualifier Marco Chiudinelli.

Elsewhere, there was a surprise defeat for fourth seed Juan Monaco against Marcos Baghdatis - while Milos Raonic won the opening three games of his match against Viktor Troicki before the Serbian was forced to retire.

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