BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – On Tuesday World number one Novak Djokovic passed in the first round of the ATP tournament in Basel (Switzerland) by giving up a run in the Belgian Xavier Malisse (6-2 4-6 7-5).
The French Michael Llodra, however, was tilted in two sets against the Croatian Ivan Ljubicic (7-5 6-4).
Wounded in the thigh, the American Mardy Fish, who is currently the last qualifying place for the Masters in London, gave up after only one game against his compatriot James Blake.
Tuesday results recorded in the first round (number of seeded above the name, * for new results):
* Kei Nishikori (Jap) bt 4-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 3-6 6-3 6-2
* Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) bt Michael Llodra (Fra) 7-5 6-4
1-Novak Djokovic (Ser) beat Xavier Malisse (Bel) 6-2 4-6 7-5
Andreas Seppi (Ita) beat Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-2
Jarkko Nieminen (Fin) beat Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-3
James Blake (EU) beat 5-Mardy Fish (EU) 0-1 (abandonment of Fish)
Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) bt Ivan Dodig (Cro) 6-4 6-4
Michael Lammer (Swi) bt Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) 6-4 6-3