Novak Djokovic eases to victory over Joao Sousa in Paris Masters opener

Four-time winner, Novak Djokovic got his Paris Masters campaign off to a great start with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa in the second round on Tuesday.

Given no breathing space by Sousa in the opening set, the Serb put his foot down in the second to coast to victory. But he revealed afterwards that he wasn’t feeling too well.

“I wasn’t [feeling too well],” he said. “I don’t want to get into details, but I think it’s a minor thing.”

Djokovic will next play Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur in the third round.

Victory for Djokovic will see him dethrone Rafael Nadal as the world number one. Nadal, who is making his return from injury, opens against fellow Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco, who defeated Jeremy Chardy, on Wednesday.

World No.3, Roger Federer will, on Wednesday, begin his quest for his first Masters 1000 title this year when he takes on Milos Raonic, who stuttered through against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in three sets.

Federer will play at the event for the first time since 2015 and victory would see him take home a staggering 100th career singles title.

Elsewhere, fifth seed, Marin Cilic was rock solid in his 6-3, 6-4 second round win over Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday.

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