Viktor Troicki wins opener
BANGKOK -- Former finalists Viktor Troicki of Serbia and Finland's Jarkko Nieminen each won first-round matches Tuesday at the Thailand Open.
Troicki, the runner-up in 2009, beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3, while Nieminen, who was a finalist two years ago, advanced when Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita retired with an ankle injury after dropping the first set 6-1.
Fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.
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