Novak Djokovic beats Steve Johnson in the Cincinnati Masters first round

Federer anxious ahead of Cincinnati comeback

Despite his recent record at Flushing Meadows, Federer has been made favourite to win ahead of the likes of Djokovic and Nadal who have won the last two Grand Slams between them.

He has missed the last two editions of this tournament because of injury.

Serena Williams was beaten 6-3 2-6 6-3 by Petra Kvitova in a thrilling second-round match at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday, ending the American's bid for a third title at the event. "I don't want to be hurt, there is too much to play".

"No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now", Nadal said in a statement.

"It's nice to be back and I hope to have a good tournament". So there is only so much you can really do.

"As a player, I really like best-of-five".

"And then, of course, the big goal is the US Open".

'In Masters 1000 we have more opportunities to have five-set matches, definitely at the World Finals. He was from a virus.

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After a first-round bye, Federer extended his Cincinnati winning streak to 11 matches since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2013 quarter-finals.

Nick Kyrgios served 39 aces, including one to save match point, to power into the second round with a dramatic 6-7 (2/7), 7-5, 7-6 (11/9) win over Denis Kudla.

Last year's losing finalist finally saw off the American on his sixth match point. Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2.

The first full day of main-draw competition opened with 13th-seeded Madison Keys holding off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round.

South Korea's Chung Hyeon rallied past a struggling Jack Sock for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Sock's defeat was his eighth in succession dating back to the Italian Open.

After Pouille dominated the first set, Murray stormed through the second to level the match, but that was as good as it got for the Scottish star - who was playing just his fourth tournament in 13 months following hip surgery in January. "I started the year very well. But then, when I sat and watched the match - that Nadal-[Juan Martin] del Potro [Wimbledon quarterfinal] in the commentary booth - it was an unbelievable match, it was a brilliant match, but it was really, really long to sit there as a spectator for the first time".

"I'm still at the very beginning", said the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

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