Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during their men's singles match at the Dubai Championships tennis tournament in Dubai, February 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
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Novak Djokovic opened the defense of his Dubai Championship title with a straight sets victory over Denis Istomin, while second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro had to retire from his first-round match Tuesday.Top-seeded Djokovic, who is making only his second appearance this year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over 54th-ranked Istomin of Uzbekistan.Djokovic saved all four break points he faced on serve and broke Istomin three times – in the third and ninth games of the first set and in the second game of the second set.Del Potro was not so fortunate, being forced to retire against Somdev Devvarman of India after losing the first-set tiebreaker 7-6 (3).Since winning the Sydney title last month, Del Potro has been struggling with a left wrist injury that has conjured up memories of similar pain he experienced in his right wrist four years ago.
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