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Djokovic recovers from slow start to begin year with win in Doha

Tennis - Qatar Open - Men's Singles - Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany v Novak Djokovic of Serbia - Doha, Qatar - 2/1/2017 - Djokovic in action. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
Tennis - Qatar Open - Men's Singles - Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany v Novak Djokovic of Serbia - Doha, Qatar - 2/1/2017 - Djokovic in action. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

REUTERS - Defending champion Novak Djokovic made a sticky return to action before recovering from losing the opening four games to beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff at the Qatar Open on Monday.

Djokovic, who was deposed as world number one by Andy Murray at the back end of last year and split with coach Boris Becker, eventually snapped into his usual rhythm to win 7-6(1) 6-3.

The Serbian will play either Florian Mayer of Germany or Argentine Horacio Zeballos in the second round.

Murray, who lost a first-round doubles match with Mariusz Fyrstenberg on Monday, plays Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday.

The Scot won the title in 2008 and 2009.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman in London; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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