Murray and Djokovic open with wins

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Updated: November 6, 2012

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray began their quests for the season ending title in London with hard fought wins, Murray beating Berdych and Djokovic downing Tsonga.

US Open Champion Andy Murray was on court for the first time in his homeland since his epic Grand Slam victory at the US Open, and the local crowed welcomed him as though he had achieved the feat only yesterday. The Birt however didn’t have it all his own way losing the first set to Berdych 3-6. The second went the other way, Murray clawing himself back into the match, winning by the same margin. The third game in the decisive set was when Murray finally broke the Berdych serve again to move on and win 6-4, only the fourth time in eight attempts he has managed to get the better of the Czech.

In the later match, world no. 1and 2008 winner Djokovic got his campaign off with a win over Tsonga in straight sets with a 7-6,6-3 win.

Djokovic and Murray will face each other in the latest installment of their rivalry on Wednesday when the winner will take a huge stride towards the semifinals of the year-ender.

Defending champion Roger Federer begins his campaign on Tuesday against world No 9 Janko Tipsarevic,while David Ferrer takes on inform Del Potro.