ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 19: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the Final on day 7 of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on February 19, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
In 17 minutes, Roger Federer won the first set of his Dubai Championships opening round match. The second set took a bit longer -- 50 minutes, to be exact. It did go to a tiebreaker, but Federer won that too.
So that's a 6-0, 7-6 (8) victory for the Swiss and a spot in the second round in Dubai.
As for tournament No. 3 seed Andy Murray, it took him three sets to win in Dubai on Tuesday.
Murray defeated Germany's Michael Berrer in two hours and six minutes, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The match was Murray's first appearance since his loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian open in January.
Murray aced the 116th-ranked German just seven times, three of which came in the third set. From SI.com:
"It was quite a frustrating match because I was up a break in the second set, and each time I think gave it straight back," Murray said. "And then the third set again I went up a break and gave the break straight back. So I could have made it a little bit easier for myself if I played a bit better."
Murray will face qualifier Marco Chiudinelli (who also had a three-set victory for his first round match), while Federer takes on Feliciano Lopez in the second round.
Other results include:
No. 4-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Marcos Baghdatis, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
No. 5-seeded Tomas Berdych def. Benjamin Becker, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 7-seeded Janko Tipsarevic def. Igor Kunitsyn, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 8-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro def. Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Feliciano Lopez def. Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 6-4.
Mikhail Youzhny def. Richard Gasquet, who retired due to flu symptoms. He had already dropped the opening set, 6-3.
Flavio Cipolla def. Ivan Ljubicic, 6-2, 7-5.