Djokovic Wins Opening Round Match In Mason

MASON, Ohio (AP) - Novak Djokovic overcame a lapse in the second

set to beat fellow Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5 in his opening

match at the Cincinnati Masters.

The third-ranked player is trying to reach the tournament final

for the third consecutive year.

Djokovic said before the tournament that he has a tough time

playing in extreme heat. The Cincinnati event often features hot

days with on-court temperatures around 120 degrees. Djokovic got a

break from the heat during the midday match on Wednesday, playing

in 79-degree temperatures with low humidity.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were scheduled to play their

opening matches later in the day. Andy Roddick was set to play for

the second time in three days, a test of whether he's recovered

from a mild case of mononucleosis.

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