Djokovic and Murray start with victories in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray overcame some anxious moments to post straight-set victories on Wednesday in their opening matches at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.

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Published: Fri 16 Aug 2013, 11:29 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:36 PM

Novak Djokovic hits a return to Juan Monaco. — Reuters

Top seed Djokovic had to fight back after his game went awry briefly in the opening set on the way to a second-round win over Argentine Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2.

Second-seed Murray kick-started his run-up to his US Open title defence with a resounding 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Mikhail Youzhny in their second round match.

Montreal champion Rafael Nadal began with a victory over Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2, while Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych eliminated Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-2.

Argentine seventh-seed Juan Martin del Potro put out Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 7-5, while American John Isner set up a duel with another big hitter in Montreal, finalist Milos Raonic.

Isner beat French eighth-seed Richard Gasquet 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 while Raonic defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). Women’s top seed Serena Williams overcame early jitters similar to those of Djokovic when she lost the first set to Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard before winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Former French Open champion Li Na rallied past American Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 after a shaky start to her week.

Number six Sara Errani defeated Polona Hercog 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 while 12th seed Roberta Vinci won a struggle with German Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3.

Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon winner, beat New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, German ninth seed Angelique Kerber stopped Alisa Kleybanova 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 and former number one Caroline Wozniacki defeated Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-3.

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