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Djokovic edges past Simon in Cincinnati

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Djokovic progresses in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic booked his place in the last 16 of the Cincinnati Masters after requiring two hours and 10 minutes to overcome Gilles Simon in three sets.

Djokovic is bidding to become the first player to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events this week, but despite not playing at his best as he made 36 unforced errors, the Serb was still able to win as he claimed a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory.

"I think I did well for the most of the match," Djokovic said.

"End of the second [set], start of the third wasn't that great, but I try to take positives from every match. I know I'm not playing at the level yet where I want to be and it's obvious, but I keep on pushing myself.

Djokovic was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week, and after his first match here in Cincinnati is looking to improve when he takes on either Tommy Robredo or John Isner.

"Every day is a new challenge to try to look out for a better game tomorrow and after tomorrow, and hopefully it's going to come," he said.

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