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Novak Djokovic vs Gilles Simon - Cincinnati Masters 2nd Round Preview

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Novak Djokovic vs Gilles Simon - Cincinnati Masters 2nd Round Preview
Looking to bounce back from his dismal showing at the Rogers Cup last week, top seed Novak Djokovic will take on Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters today.

After losing early at the Rogers Cup last week, World No.1 Novak Djokovic will be determined to make amends here in Cincinnati this week as he aims to ready himself for the forthcoming final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows. The Serbian, who had taken an extended break from tennis following his triumph at Wimbledon, has not won the US Open title since he first won it back in 2011.

Another, perhaps unsung, motivating factor for the Serb will be the fact that if does go on to win here in Cincinnati this week, he will become the first ever man in the history of the sport to have won each of the 9 Masters Series 1000 events at least once. Of course, since he is in the prime of his career at the moment, most expect him to go on and win here sooner rather than later.

At the moment, Djokovic has an impressive win loss record of 38-5 and has won a total of four titles this year, including three other Masters Series events. In fact, he has only lost two matches at the particular level this year, and lost just one on the hard courts, accumulating a record of 19-2. Intimidating it might be, but Novak will know he needs to work extremely hard to get anywhere near as well as he was playing prior to his wedding. His performance in the 2-6,2-6 loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last week was dreadful, and should he play like that, he’ll have a tough time today as his opponent isn’t just anyone, it’s former World No.6 Gilles Simon.

Simon, who has won against Djokovic in the past, has a rather underwhelming 15-18 win-loss record so far this year. Ranked at 31st place on the ATP rankings, the Frenchman has struggled to find any consistency at the Masters Series 1000 level too, losing 6 out of his 9 matches. On paper, it seems like an uphill battle for the 29 year-old, but stranger things have happened in this unpredictable sport.

Head to Head: This is the ninth time that two clash, with Simon’s solitary win coming back in 2008 in the duo’s first ever meeting.

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