Djokovic edges closer to fourth Paris Masters title

Top-seed Serb beats Brazil's Bellucci in straight sets to move closer to a third consecutive Paris indoor title.

    Djokovic edges closer to fourth Paris Masters title
    Djokovic has already won three Paris Masters titles [EPA]

    World number one Novak Djokovic was given a decent workout by Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci as he opened his Paris Masters campaign with a 7-5 6-3 second-round win.

    The world number one, bidding to win the Paris indoor title for an unprecedented third time in a row, broke to love in the last game of the opening set, playing tighter when it mattered.

    He broke again in the eighth game of the second set as Bellucci sent a forehand long and closed out the match on serve to snatch his fifth win against Bellucci in as many encounters.

    Top-seed Djokovic, who already has three Paris Masters titles to his name, next faces a Frenchman, 14th seed Gilles Simon or Benoit Paire.

    Earlier, Stan Wawrinka started his Paris Masters challenge with a 6-3 7-6(6) win over Australian Bernard Tomic after surviving a blip in the tiebreak to reach the third round.

    The world number four from Switzerland trailed 5-2 in the tiebreak but raised his game to close out the match in straight sets at a renovated Bercy Hall.

    Wawrinka next faces either Spanish 15th seed Feliciano Lopez or Serbian Viktor Troicki.

    Spanish eighth seed David Ferrer also reached the third round when he swept aside Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-2 6-2.

    The Paris Masters is the last tournament before the season-ending ATP World Tour finals, which will be played between the eight best players of the season from November 15-22 at the 02 Arena in London.

    Djokovic, Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Ferrer have all qualified.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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