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Novak Djokovic wins in straight sets

Updated: February 25, 2014, 2:40 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Novak Djokovic opened the defense of his Dubai Championships title with a straight sets victory over Denis Istomin, while second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro had to retire from his first-round match on 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.

"It wasn't as easy as the scoreline indicates,'' said ...

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