Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made their big comeback on the courts since the Serb’s 13-12 victory over the Swiss at Wimbledon in a crazy scenario at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 on Tuesday. The world No.1 and No.3 went through without a problem.
Federer seeded No.3, defeated Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-3, 6-4. A one-hour break due to rain, at 2-2 in the second set, did not disturb him.
“I’m very happy, even if it was a bit tricky with the rain being interrupted. I’m very happy to be back on the courts,” said the 38-year-old Swiss, a seven-time winner of the Cincinnati tournament.
He could meet compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the next round (eighth round), who beat the 2017 winner Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). But Wawrinka (23rd in the world) must first dominate Russia’s Andrey Rublev (70th).
Defending champion Djokovic had earlier beaten American Sam Querrey 7-5, 6-1. “I finished the game well, even though the start was a bit nervous. Sam felt comfortable on the field at first and dictated the tempo. It was tough against his big serve,” said the 32-year-old Serb, the world No.1.
He will meet in the eighth the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta (53rd), who fell at the end of the night (about 1:15 local time) to the American John Isner (16th in the world).