DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Andy Murray overcame an error-strewn performance to beat German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.
Fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (2), 6-4 to set up a second-round encounter with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Murray, playing his first match since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals, looked ragged and at times his movement appeared labored in the midday heat. He said he didn't "feel great" at the start of the match and at times felt nauseous on court.
"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."
The third-seeded Murray lost his opening service game, but broke back twice to claim the first set. He was saved by his serve which produced three aces and kept the 116th-ranked German off balance.
Berrer dominated the second set, displaying an improved service game and more aggressive play that forced Murray into a slew of unforced errors. Murray went up 3-2 only to see Berrer break back when he hit a volley into the net. Berrer broke Murray to force the third set when the 24-year-old Briton made four unforced errors. After hitting a backhand into the net, Murray punched his leg and muttered to himself.
The first four games of the third set went against serve. Berrer went up 4-3 only to see Murray regain the momentum and win the final three games.
Murray will faces Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli, who beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. It will be the first time Murray has faced Chiudinelli and he said he needs to make his game more "match tight" if he wants to go deep in the tournament.
"He's quite a flat striker of the ball. He's pretty quick. He's obviously going to have a lot of experience as well on his side," Murray said. "He had a very good win today and a couple of good wins in qualies, so he's playing well."
In another first-round match, Mikhail Youzhny defeated Richard Gasquet when the Frenchman retired with the flu after losing the first set 6-3.
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