Djokovic downs Bellucci to reach third round in Paris
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.