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Novak Djokovic says he will take it ‘one match at a time’ after booking his place in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Djokovic was making his first appearance since losing to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final last month and came through unscathed as he defeated Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-1.
The German, who is ranked 50 in the world, never troubled the top seed and after he double-faulted to lose the opening set, there was no way back with the world number one quickly wrapping up the second.
Djokovic is on course to win a third consecutive Rogers Cup title but he is not looking too far ahead and will take it one step at a time.
“After a month off I didn’t know what to expect. I was extra careful against a tough opponent,” Djokovic said.
“I’m keeping my mind-set of step-by-step, one match at a time. I needed extra commitment from the start and everything went well on court.”
Djokovic will also be hoping the tournament will give him the perfect preparation for the US Open at Flushing Meadows later in the month.
Meanwhile Rafael Nadal won the first round of his men’s doubles match as he continues to build up his fitness after almost two months away from competitive tennis.
Nadal, who crashed out at Wimbledon in the first round, partnered Pablo Anduja to a 6-7, 6-1, 12-10 win over fellow Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez.