Tennis - Djokovic outlasts Simon to advance at Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 12: Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Gilles Simon of France during a match on day 4 of the Western & Southern Open on August 12, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Jonathan Moore)

- Novak Djokovic pulled his championship tennis back together after last week's early exit, beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the third round of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.

The world number one was ambushed at the same stage in Toronto a week ago by eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

But Djokovic made sure he did not commit the same error, despite being tested by his French opponent, who took the contest into a final set.

"He's not going to give you too many unforced errors and free points, so I knew that," Djokovic said. "But I managed to get a win in the end, and that's what matters."

In the only other second-round match played, Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka was broken while serving for victory but pulled out a win over German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).

Toronto winner Tsonga crashed back down to earth in his opening match, losing 6-1, 6-4 to Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

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