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Novak Djokovic wins on blue clay

Updated: May 8, 2012, 5:35 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Novak Djokovic needed three sets to win his first match on the blue clay at the Madrid Open on Tuesday, and then stepped up his criticism of the new surface.

Djokovic labored to a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain in his debut on the Magic Box's unorthodox surface, after top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova both beat Czech opponents to advance in the women's event.

Djokovic, who had already voiced his opposition to the blue clay, ...

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