But Venus had the last laugh as she broke back
to take the set 6-3 in 46 minutes.
Buchina broke back
, though, and then served to save the set.
But Gasquet and Mahut faltered when serving for the first set at 5-4 and the Murrays broke back
to take it on a tie-break.
The 26-year-old Davydenko started the second set with a break but Djokovic broke back
twice for a commanding 4-1 lead, which he held on to for a two-set advantage.
But Karlovic broke back
in the seventh game before Murray responded immediately, earning a chance to serve out the match which he took.
But she broke back
by dispatching a weak Jankovic return only for the Serb to return the compliment with a backhand pass down the line.
The Czech secured the first break of the second set but a determined Federer broke back
quickly to level.
He broke back
in the ninth game and finished off Saulnier, a semifinalist in the event last year, with his serve.
The tide began to turn the way of the more experienced player when he broke back
to make it 3-3, converting a third break point from deuce on the Dunblane youngster's serve.
In the second set it was Willcox who took the initiative, breaking Tunstall in the third game, but the Scot broke back
immediately to level proceedings.
It was only a stay of execution for Drake and Williams broke back
immediately to wrap up victory.
Less than a month after it fell below the 2,000 level, the Nasdaq Composite Index broke back
, closing yesterday at 2030.
The second set saw Thombare broken in the third, fifth and seventh games, and though she broke back
in the sixth, a niggling muscle strain did not help matters.
But the Japanese stayed patient and broke back
to level and then won the next five games to win the set 6-1.
However, Williams broke back
immediately before two further breaks sealed a comfortable triumph.