Champion Djokovic breezes through at Paris Masters
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic began his Paris Masters title defense with a routine 6-3 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Tuesday.
The top seed, who had a first-round bye, next faces 13th-seeded American John Isner or Frenchman Gael Monfils for a place in the quarter-finals.
Djokovic, who is in a race with Roger Federer to end the season on top of the rankings, quickly opened a 3-0 lead playing some aggressive tennis at the Bercy arena.
Kohlschreiber pulled a break back but his opponent held firm to bag the opening set with a service winner.
Djokovic then broke in the first game of the second set as the German struggled to focus.
Kohlschreiber produced a series of beautiful backhand winners but could still not manage to unsettle the Serb.
Djokovic, who became a father for the first time last week, wrapped up victory on his first match point.
"It was a very good match considering the fact that I didn't play indoors for a year (since last year's ATP World Tour Finals). I struggled a little bit physically. It was a pretty tough couple of weeks," DJokovic told reporters. Continued...