BEIJING -- U.S. Open runner-up Novak Djokovic, Australian Open finalist Andy Murray and French Open runner-up Robin Soderling were among Tuesday's opening-round winners at the $3.337 million China Open tennis event.
The top-seeded and defending Beijing titlist Djokovic drubbed Chinese wild card Mao-Xin Gong 6-1, 6-3 on the hardcourts at the National Tennis Center.
Up next for Djokovic will be rapidly-rising American Mardy Fish.
The world No. 2 Djokovic defeated Croat Marin Cilic in last year's Beijing finale. Cilic also advanced here on Tuesday, with a 6-2, 6-2 pasting of capable Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.
Meanwhile, the second-seeded Murray, playing his first tennis in a month, mauled French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-3 and the third-seeded Soderling came from behind to beat former top-10 Spaniard Tommy Robredo 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Murray will encounter Spain's Albert Montanes, while Soderling will battle Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the second round.
Two other seeds reached the round of 16, as No. 4 Russian Nikolay Davydenko erased German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 and No. 8 Spaniard David Ferrer drilled Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-1. Davydenko will meet the big-hitting Cilic on Wednesday.
A Day-2 upset came when former top-five Croat Ivan Ljubicic upended seventh- seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). The world No. 8 Youzhny was fresh off his championship in Kuala Lumpur last week.
Additional opening-round wins came for the aforementioned Spaniards Almagro and Montanes, Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who drove out former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-4. The Cypriot Baghdatis titled here in Beijing back in 2006.
This week's champion will collect $500,000.