The 30-time Masters champion held off Steve Johnson, capitalising on his ninth match point to advance 6-4, 7-6 (4) in two hours and two minutes. Novak will continue pursuit of the 'Golden Masters' when he meets Adrian Mannarino (H2H 3-0) on Wednesday
Wimbledon finalists Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson beat Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-2 to reach the second round in doubles at the Rogers Cup on Monday night
Novak opened his Mutua Madrid Open campaign with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori in one hour and 58 minutes. The two-time titlist (2011, 2016) will play either Kyle Edmund (GBR) or Daniil Medvedev (RUS) on Wednesday
Novak marked his return to competitive play on Tuesday afternoon with an impressive display of power tennis and excellent movement. Competing for the first time since Wimbledon 2017, Djokovic moved past Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 52 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.