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Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open
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Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open

Pablo Carreno Busta is one of seeds eliminated from the Qatar Open. — AFP Photo

DOHA — The Qatar Open second and third seeds -- Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic -- crashed  out of the tournament in the first round on Tuesday on a night of shocks in Doha.

Both seeds lost in third set tie-breaks.

Carreno Busta was beaten by Croatia’s Borna Coric,  七- 五,  二- 六,  六- 七 ( 八/ 一0) in an enthralling match lasting  二 hours  四 一 minutes.

And Berdych, returning to the tour from a back injury, went down  四- 六,  六- 一,  六- 七 ( 七/ 四) in the match on centre court which followed against his fellow  六ft  五ins opponent, Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

It means the tournament has lost two of its top-ranked players after having already being shorn of three major stars -- Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -- before it began, as they try to recover from injuries.

To complete a bad night for the seeds, number six seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia also lost, in straight sets to Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.

Busta’s match with Coric was the game of the tournament so far.

The  二 一-year-old Croat, who beat Andy Murray last year at the Madrid Open, saved three match points to progress and afterwards described it as a "huge win".

"I think I played very good,"大众he told reporters.

"I didn’t know what to expect, it’s the first match of the year, it’s always a little bit tricky.

"But, I can say from the beginning that I was playing very good."

He added that however precious the win, it did not compare to beating Murray.

Coric is ranked  三 八 places lower than world number  一0 Carreno Busta but said it was his aim to be more consistent and break into the world’s top  二0 this season.

"I think I can do it but I need to play very good for the whole season."

Coric had considerable success adopting a serve-and-volley approach and won  一 七 out of  二 一 points at the net in the deciding set.

Overall he hit  四 四 winners during the match.

He will play Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round. The Georgian has won their previous two encounters.

Big seeds tumble out of Qatar Open

Berdych was returning to action after sustaining a back injury towards the end of last season.

The former world number four, now ranked  一 九th, started slowly, struggling to cope with the aggressive tactics of the big-serving Struff, the world number  五 三.

The Czech was one of three former finalists in action on Tuesday, the others being Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils.

Number one seed, Austria’s Dominic Thiem, is safely through to the second round, winning his first match in straight sets on Monday. — AFP



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