Novak began his Paris Masters title defence in type.
After lifting trophies in Tel Aviv and Astana in October, Novak Djokovic started his quest for a record-extending seventh Rolex Paris Masters title with a 7-6 (1), 6-4 win within the French capital on Tuesday.
The sixth seed produced a centered and sharp efficiency in opposition to French-born American Maxime Cressy, breaking as soon as and profitable 92 per cent (35/38) of factors on his first serve, to advance into the third spherical after one hour and 43 minutes on Court docket Central.
The 2 have been assembly for the primary time.
“It was very intense, simply quite a lot of stress,” Novak stated. “If you play somebody that serves that effectively, you don’t have a lot room to calm down and possibly play sort of a softer few video games. You simply must be in your toes on a regular basis. Credit score to him for serving huge in some huge moments. I had my probabilities within the first set to interrupt him, second as effectively. A break got here on the proper time, good time truly. I used to be very happy with the best way I held my serve, didn’t face a break level. What I wished to do is to essentially do what I do greatest, which is simply be strong from the again of the courtroom and look forward to the alternatives when they’re offered, attempt to capitalise on them… Simply general very happy with the best way I felt and the best way I performed.”
Match statistics: aces (4-15), double faults (2-10), winners (19-36), unforced errors (5-22), complete factors gained (76-56).
Along with his thirty fourth victory of the season, Novak arrange a final 16 assembly with Karen Khachanov (RUS, ATP #19, H2H 7-1) who defeated Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) in three units.
Djokovic shall be seeking to win a record-extending thirty ninth Masters 1000 crown this week.
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