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Updated: November 2, 2011 00:21 IST

Tsonga struggles past Marti

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Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Italy's Potito Starace during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland on October 31, 2011.
AP Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Italy's Potito Starace during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland on October 31, 2011.

World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga struggled to victory against wild-card entry Javier Marti from Spain 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the Valencia Open on Tuesday. The chances for Mardy Fish to play in his first ATP season final may have been badly compromised as the American suffered a hamstring injury in his first round encounter.

Fish was leading James Blake 1-0 in the opening set when he was forced to retire.

At Basel, Roger Federer gave his home fans exactly what they were seeking as the four-time champion moved into the second round with a 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over Potito Starace on Monday.

Federer showed some rustiness against the World No. 54 before he claimed his sixth win in six meetings with the Italian.

The results: At Valencia (ATP Valencia Open): First round: Sam Querrey bt Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt Javier Marti 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; David Ferrer bt Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2.

At Basel (ATP Swiss Indoors Basel): First round: James Blake bt Mardy Fish 0-1, retd.; Stanislas Wawrinka bt Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-4; Michael Lammer bt Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-3; Roger Federer bt Potito Starace 7-6(3), 6-4.

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