ATP Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic shows no signs of rust to win opener in French capital | Tennis news

Novak Djokovic cemented his year-end number one with an excellent opening win against Tomáš Martin Etcheverry at the Paris Masters; go to the Sky Sports website and app for live scores, news, analysis and features

17:33 UK Wednesday 1 November 2023

World number one Novak Djokovic showed no signs of rust following his US Open triumph, winning his opening match at the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

Djokovic consolidated his end-of-year unit when he beat Tomáš Martin Etcheverry 6-3 6-2 and reached the third round in the French capital.

The 36-year-old could extend his lead to 1,495 points by winning a record seventh Paris-Bercy title after his nearest rival Carlos Alcaraz lost in his opening match on Tuesday.

Djokovic, chasing a record 40th Masters 1000 title, will next play the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

Grigor Dimitrov fought his way to a 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2) triumph against Daniil Medvedev and reached the third round.

The Bulgarian will take over Alexander Bublík further, where he reached the semi-finals in 2019.

Stefanos Tsitsipas endured a tough test from a resurgent Felix Auger-Aliassime, where the Greek’s serve helped him seal a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) triumph.

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