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American tennis player Jack Sock upset 2014 champion Marin Cilic of Croatia in surprisingly routine fashion, breezing into the US Open pre-quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory, while big names Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also progressed to the Round of 16.

The 26th-seeded Sock, who is known for his huge forehand and big serve but not for a stellar return game, on Friday broke Cilic's serve four times in three sets to win in an hour and 41 minutes at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Sock completely dominated his own service games, not facing a single break point in the contest.

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DjokovicWorld No.1 Novak Djokovic got his US Open tennis title defence off to a winning start with a topsy-turvy four-set triumph over Jerzy Janowicz at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The top seed prevailed 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to keep his bid for 10 straight semi-finals or better at the Flushing Meadows intact.

Hampered by knee and lower back injuries for the first half of the season, Janowicz came into the match at No.247 in the men's singles rankings and looking to reach the second round in New York for the first time since 2014.

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Defending champion Andy Murray of Britain struggled for a long stretch, but found his game midway through the third set to beat his Italian opponent Fabio Fognini 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to advance men's singles quarter-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Murray won gold at the 2012 London Olympics, defeating Novak Djokovic and Swiss great Roger Federer in the semifinals and final, respectively, to claim what was then the biggest title of his career.

The second-seeded Scotsman, the gold medal favourite after Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic's stunning first-round defeat at the hands of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, lost nine of 11 games to drop the second set and go down 3-0 in the decider at the Olympic Tennis Centre on Thursday.

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Five-time finalist Novak Djokovic officially withdrew from the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday morning due to a left wrist injury.

"I am very sad to announce that I won't be able to play this year in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open,” Djokovic said. “I have a recurring injury that has taken its toll on my body due to a very busy and active schedule this year. I have played many matches and I have to take some rest in order to heal. I always have my hopes high on returning to Cincinnati and winning the only trophy I am missing in the Masters Series."

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World No.1 and favourite to win the Olympic gold Novak Djokovic was stunned by bete noire Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) in the first round of the men's singles tennis competition at the Rio Olympics.

Djokovic, who had lost only four matches so far this year, was on Sunday eliminated in his quest for an elusive Olympic gold, the only major tennis title so far missing from his incredible trophy cabinet.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic, chasing the only missing piece from his trophy cabinet, an Olympic medal, has got a nightmare draw at the 2016 Rio Olympics, wherein he faces the man who beat him in the London Olympics Bronze medal match - Juan Martin del Potro in the first round.

The only plus side for Djokovic is that both he and Del Potro are at considerably different stages of their careers at present. Djokovic is now the undisputed no.1 in men's tennis - the best player in the world at present, and quite possibly on course to becoming one of the greatest of all time. Del Potro on the other hand is still in the process of resurrecting his career, and though on his day is capable of mixing it with the best in the world, he really shouldn't pose a threat to an in-form Djokovic fresh off his win in Canada.

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The ITF has announced the seeds for the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event being held at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park on 6-14 August.

The draw for the event will take place at the Olympic Tennis Centre on Thursday 4 August at 11:00 local time (14:00 GMT). Sixty-four players are contesting the men’s and women’s singles, and 32 teams are contesting the men’s and women’s doubles.

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