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Update Novak Djokovic Advances As Serena Williams Pulls Out In Cincinnati

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World number one Novak Djokovic got his US Open build up off to a smooth start with a straight-sets win in Cincinnati on Tuesday as back trouble forced Serena Williams to withdraw. Defending champion Djokovic double faulted three times as he dropped serve in the opening game against Sam Querrey but quickly put things right and pulled away for a 7-5, 6-1 victory over the American.

"I ended the match well even if the start was nervy," said Djokovic, who would break Querrey twice to take the first set then roll to victory in his first match since beating Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final last month.

"Sam was feeling comfortable on the court at the start and dictating. It was tough facing his big serve," Djokovic said.

"I'm just pleased with this challenge in quick conditions, I'm glad I overcame it. "I'm hoping for a better performance in the next round."

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