Djokovic downs Bellucci to reach third round in Paris

Tue Nov 3, 2015 4:36pm EST
 
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - 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 on Tuesday.

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.

"The last match I played indoors was last year in London. So that's why it's always tricky to start out well," Djokovic told a news conference.

"I have had a few things that I could have done better tonight. But again, all in all, it was a very solid match.

"I played against a player who was in form and who is playing well and gave me a hard time.. it's always good to have a test like this."

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

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning the men's singles final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, October 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj