Roddick labours past Lu; Tomic, Nalbandian advance

Roddick labours past Lu; Tomic, Nalbandian advance

The 10th seed enjoyed a sparkling start but world number 74 Lu elbowed his way back into the contest in the second set with some superb backhand returns down the line.
Roddick, who crashed out in the Beijing Open first round last week to Kevin Anderson, composed himself for the third set which he sealed with a break of serve.

"He plays so high risk with a lot of breaks. I had more break opportunities and didn't get them. But overall, I played better," Roddick told reporters.

South African Anderson came unstuck in his first round game at the Qi Zhong stadium, losing to Wimbledon quarterfinalist Bernard Tomic 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.

Former world number three David Nalbandian beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-4.
Spain's world number two Rafael Nadal and Britain's world number four Andy Murray top the seeds in the event and enter the draw later this week. The week-long tournament has been hit by injury and fatigue pullouts by several top players, including world number one Novak Djokovic, world number three Roger Federer, Robin Soderling and Gael Monfils.

Somdev loses
Somdev Devvarman’s lean patch continued as he made another first-round exit, losing in straight sets to Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Monday. The 84th ranked Indian lost 4-6, 3-6 in an hour and 27 minutes in his opening match.

In the doubles event, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes are seeded fourth and have got a first round bye.

Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Quershi are seeded seventh and they also have got a first round bye.

Other results:
Japan Open (women's singles first round): 2-Marion Bartoli (France) bt Melinda Czink (Hungary) 6-2, 6-2; 7-Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) bt Alla Kudryavtseva (Russia) 6-2, 6-2; Mathilde Johansson (France) bt Irina Falconi (US) 6-3, 6-2; Misaki Doi (Japan) bt Coco Vandeweghe (US) 6-4, 6-4; Eleni Daniilidou (Greece) bt Anastasia Pivovarova (Russia) 6-2, 6-2; Tamarine Tanasugarn (Thailand) bt 8-Christina McHale (US) 6-3, 7-5.

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