Dubai, 26 February: Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Denis Istomin  edged past Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea in their opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships.
Somdev Devvarman crashed out of the singles event, losing 3-6, 5-7 to Malek Jaziri.
Novak Djokovic beat Denis Istomen 6-3, 6-3.     agencies