Djokovic starts sharply defending Paris title | ATP . round

Playing for the first time since winning back-to-back indoor titles in early October, Novak Djokovic Extended his winning streak to 10 with a clinical win against him Maxime Crissy Tuesday in Rolex Paris Masters.

In a 7-6(1), 6-4 win over the Paris-born American, Djokovic was in control of his serve, which freed him in his attempts to open up Chrissy’s booming delivery. The Serb finally made his comeback lead to lead 5-4 in the second set as he took advantage of his fifth break point before slipping out of the match with ease.

“It was very intense, just a lot of pressure,” he said after the match. “When you play someone who serves this well – first And the Second transmission – you don’t have much room to relax and maybe play some light games. You just have to be alert all the time. Credit him for great service in some big moments. I had my chances [in the] The first set to smash him, the second too.

“The break came at the right time, the perfect time indeed. I was very happy with the way my serve was held, and I didn’t have a break point,” he added, noting the fast conditions that made the comeback even more difficult.

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Chrissy stopped hard in the first set, saving three break points with his all-out attack, but two double faults in the tiebreak were more than enough for Djokovic to seal the set. The American hit 15 aces and 10 double faults overall as he stayed true to his aggressive game plan. While the strategy was effective on his serve, he was unable to make progress on Djokovic’s delivery, as the Serb lost only six points on serve and did not encounter a break point.

“I had to stand up, I didn’t have to give him gifts and points,” Djokovic said. “What I can do and what I want to do is do what I do really best, which is strong from the back of the court and wait for opportunities as they present themselves, try to take advantage of them … just in general very pleased with the way I felt and the way I played “.

Despite several short points, the sixth seed was still able to show off his athletic activity throughout the match that lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes – especially a back-pass shot that helped him into the decisive break in the second set, after which she enjoyed adoration. From the crowd of Paris

The Serbian star’s comeback was on full display in front of one of the ATP Tour’s biggest servers, and his brilliance in this particular division was demonstrated by Statistics: shot quality The score, which is measured on a 10-point scale.

Insights: Djokovic vs. Chrissy

Djokovic was full of praise for his opponent’s unique match after match, and described how Chrissy’s serve and ball style affected his returning style.

“It changes a lot because you not only have to get the payback, but you have to put it under his feet, which is very difficult to do,” he explained. “It’s nice to see someone come in after the fist and the second serve,” he said. “It just gives a different look from a tennis fan’s point of view. I appreciate that, and I respect that. It takes courage to play with this modern tennis nowadays this kind of style that is almost an old style. You don’t have many players who do that. He might be the only one at the top.”

Djokovic has now won 24 consecutive games against the Americans and also has a 10-match winning streak in Paris dating back to his tournament in 2019 and 2021 (he did not play in 2020). He seeks his fifth title this season after his victories in Rome, WimbledonTel Aviv and Astana, the latter two coming in successive weeks running from September to October.

These results helped Serbia qualify for 2022 Nitto ATP Finals later this month. He is one of six players confirmed for Turin Carlos AlcarazAnd the Rafael NadalAnd the Casper RoadAnd the Stefanos Tsitsipas And the Daniel Medvedev.

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Third seed Rudd made a successful start in Paris, beating the Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-6 (7) at 84 minutes.

The Norwegian scored 11 winners in the first set before recovering from a break in the second, and saved one point at 6/7 in the second set tiebreak to secure his place in the third round.

Ruud, who reached the Paris quarter-finals last season, will next play Italy’s #NextGenATP Lorenzo Mussetti or Nikoloz Basilashvili. The 23-year-old now holds the record 48-19 on the season, having reached the finals in Miami, Roland Garros and in US Open.

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Djokovic is the only player to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events, having completed the Career Golden Masters title twice on his way to a record 38 prestigious titles.

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