Novak Djokovic, five-time champion of the ATP Paris Rolex Masters tournament, knocks down Marton Fucsovics' will with a perfectly normal performance. The number one in seeding, which also needs extras in the deciding set, faces 6-1 4-6 6-3 after just over two hours of play and enters the collision course Gael Monfils.
The Hungarian tennis player, who obviously makes improvements to the tactical plan, takes advantage of some unfortunate choice of the number one in the big group and puts the decisive push on absolute parity. Nole, who saves himself at 30-30 during the third game and who takes advantage of a missed pass by his opponent in the next game, finds himself at 3-1.
Djokovic needs a new break at 3-2 to restore the hierarchy.
To stay attached to the ATP Finals dream, Felix Auger Aliassime needs to reassemble Gianluca Mager. The Canadian, who breaks the balance in the tenth game of the second set, spreads with a mega-partial of 6-1 and fixes the success at 3-6 6-4 6-1.
In the second round the challenge with Domenik Koepfer, Andy Murray's executioner. He does not take advantage of a set advantage even Lorenzo Sonego, engaged in the challenge with Taylor Fritz. Semi-finalist in Indian Wells and finalist in St.
Petersburg, the American won the ninth victory in the last eleven games with an excellent 3-6 6-2 6-3. Embellished with 90% points with the first ball straddling the second and third set. Carlos Alcaraz-Sinner wins a crazy match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Needless to say, he does not take advantage of a break advantage in the heart of the first set, remedies a false start in the second tie break with a 7-0 break and avoids the jeu decisif in the final rush. Even though he actually needs three chances to face the 6-7 (4) 7-6 (2) 7-5 on the threshold of three hours of play.
Novak Djokovic: "The defeat at the US Open was a lesson in humility for me"
After almost two months of absence from the ATP Tour and the painful defeat in the final of the US Open against Daniil Medvedev, the world number one Novak Djokovic come back to the court.
The Serbian champion has been training these days in Paris and is ready to take the field at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, the starter of this interesting season finale, between the Turin ATP Finals and the Davis Cup with his beloved Serbia.
During the press conference, Nole shared his feelings on returning to the court: "I'm excited to be back on the pitch, it's been a long time since my last tournament. Mentally it was a grueling season, I don't play in New York, it's been a season that it required a lot of physical and mental effort.
Expectations, pressures and records, in the end I'm happy with how it went. I've been training for this tournament for several weeks and so I think I can do well. The lack of matches can be dangerous so I have to start from the first match with great intensity.
The fight for the number one in the standings is still up for grabs even if they are far enough ahead, the goal is this and to do well in the Davis Cup with Serbia. I hope to be number one at the end of the year." Obviously, the question about Daniil Medvedev could not be missing, the tennis player who broke the Serbian's hopes of making the Grand Slam Calendar.
Novak Djokovic commented: "Every tennis player has a weakness but obviously I will not say his publicly. He has improved a lot, his victory at the US Open cannot be said to be a surprise. He has a great serve and an excellent percentage of firsts.
I think this is his best weapon. Then his backhand is like a wall, his forehand was a weak point at the beginning but he has improved a lot. He is a very professional tennis player, very intelligent and with a great team around him.
We are talking about a continuous and versatile athlete, a Grand Slam champion who at the end of the season will fight for the number one in the standings." Speaking of the defeat at the US Open Nole says: "Over the years I have learned to accept these defeats, I see these defeats as an opportunity to growth.
Of course I am and I was disappointed, but the love of the audience was fantastic, I had never had it before and it touched my heart. I often find a hostile environment in stadiums and therefore it was a fleeting opportunity.
This season will end with 3 Grand Slams and a final was still extraordinary and the defeat against Daniil gives me humility and made me want to train and try to improve myself again."