Reigning champion Novak Djokovic opened his Paris Masters campaign with a routine 7-6(1) 6-4 win Maxime Cressy on Tuesday, while Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz remained in search of a place in the ATP Finals with wins in straight sets.
Djokovic, a six-time ATP Masters 1000 winner in the French capital, was forced to work hard in Cressy’s opening set but emerged unscathed after the American double-faulted in the tiebreaker.
The Serbian raised his game in the second set, breaking his opponent at 4-4 before serving the match with ease.
“It was very intense, just a lot of pressure. When you play against someone who serves so well – first and second serves – you don’t have a lot of room to relax and maybe play a few softer games” , said 21-time great champion Djokovic.
“A break came at the right time, a perfect moment actually. I was very happy with the way I held my serve, I didn’t face a break point.”
Earlier, Rublev was solid on the return, breaking big serve John Isner three times to go 6-2 6-3 in just over an hour and earn his first win in four career games against the American.
“It’s a really important win right now when I’m fighting for Turin,” said the 25-year-old, who is fighting for one of the two remaining spots in the season-ending ATP Finals.
“I think I was a bit lucky. It was his first tournament since his bad injury. From the baseline, I felt really confident. As soon as I came back and the ball was in play, I felt like I had an advantage and I wasn’t ‘I’m nervous.”
Poland’s Hurkacz fired 20 aces and saved eight break points to defeat French southpaw Adrian Mannarino 7-6(5) 6-4 to stay on course for a potential third-round clash against Rublev.
In other matches, French qualifier Corentin Moutet beat Borna Coric 3-6 6-3 6-4 and Briton Dan Evans beat young American Brandon Nakashima 6-3 3-6 6-4.

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