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By Ajay Tyagi
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The second day of the 2009 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany witnessed some interesting results as all the first round matches were completed. Second seed Novak Djokovic made an emphatic start to his title bid with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli in 84 minutes of play.
"For the first match, I have to say that I was playing quite well. First matches are always difficult because you are changing the surface. I was coming from clay where there is a lot of sliding, long rallies and running in the movements. You have to adjust. You need absolutely different movements on grass," Djokovic said.
"I was always there on the edge on his service games. I was always having break points and chances to take the break and he was really struggling to hold his serves. So, I think I deserved it," the Serbian added.
Fourth seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also moved ahead with an identical 7-5, 6-2 scoreline win over compatriot Fabrice Santoro. He was later joined by German wild card entrant Mischa Zverev, who edged past qualifier Joseph Sirianni 6-2, 6-4 in exactly 80 minutes of play.
Other winners of the day included Philipp Kohlschreiber, Olivier Rochus, Jurgen Melzer, Nicolas Kiefer, and Andreas Beck.
The only upset of the day came in the name of third seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who was toppled by another German player Philipp Petzschner 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.
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