Djokovic Sails past Etcheverry on Tour Return, Reaches 3R in Paris-Bercy


World number one Novak Djokovic displays a flawless performance at the Rolex Paris Masters to sail past Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry in straight sets, progressing into the round of 16 on Wednesday.

Contesting his first singles match on tour since lifting the US Open trophy last September, top seed Novak Djokovic launched his campaign on French soil with an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 triumph over World No. 31 Martin Tomas Etcheverry after 83 minutes at the Accor Arena in Paris.

The 2022 runner-up spoke about his performance post-match: “I am pleased. I think I played well in the important points. Hit the extra shot and made him uncomfortable.”

I changed the position of the court and did not give him the same look. I think that allowed me to break serve in the first set. I was serving up and down. Some parts of the match really good, others losing the rhythm. But it is normal to be rusty a little bit after not playing an official match for so long. But a straight-sets win against a guy who has been improving so much.”

Showcasing his trademark athleticism and high-class tennis, the Serbian, a six-time winner at the Rolex Paris Masters, picked up where he left off, delivering with precision the consistency he has exhibited throughout all season.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion took control of the contest from the off, making his opponent work hard while hitting the ball cleanly off both wings, mastering his court coverage game after game.

In a straightforward win, the 36-year-old earned 81 percent of the first serve points, firing six aces and committing nine unforced errors.

In addition, he saved 100 percent of the breakpoints he faced, converting 3 of 7 breakpoint opportunities he earned across the encounter.

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After clinching his victory number 47 of the season, he will face Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in their third-round clash.

The World No. 1 leads Griekspoor 2-0 in their series, having met for the last time in Dubai late in February.

On Tuesday, the World No. 23 took down Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets.

Also on Tuesday, the player mentored by Goran Ivanisevic paired with countryman Miomir Kecmanov to play doubles.

The Serbian duo overcame Gonzalo Escobar and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-4, 6-2 in 68 minutes to reach the second round.

However, following Djokovic’s inaugural singles win, the doubles match set for Wednesday evening was canceled due to the Serbian duo walkover.

The 96-time ATP titlist seeks to capture his seventh singles crown in Paris-Bercy.

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