With 38 Masters 1000 titles on his tally, Novak Djokovic is the most accomplished player of the ATP premium series. Novak holds numerous Masters 1000 records and seeks the seventh Paris Masters crown this week after already topping every chart at this event. Novak made a winning start following a 7-6, 6-4 triumph over Maxime Cressy in an hour and 43 minutes. It was Djokovic’s 382nd Masters 1000 victory, leaving Roger Federer on 381 and trailing only to Rafael Nadal, who is still far ahead. The Serb is playing his 123rd Masters 1000 event, earning 3,1 wins at every tournament on average.
On the other hand, Federer needed 138 Masters 1000 tournaments to grab 381 triumphs or 2,76 per event. Djokovic’s win over Cressy was his 42nd in Paris from 50 matches. Novak’s serve worked like a charm, losing six points and keeping the pressure on the other side. Maxime fought well and defended four out of five break chances. He stayed in touch with the 21-time Major winner, trailing 7-6, 3-4 before Novak grabbed the only break that carried him over the top. The American gave his best to keep the points on his tally, hitting 15 aces and ten double faults and rushing to the net almost 50 times. Novak hit 19 winners and five unforced errors, while his rival landed 36 winners and 22 errors.
Novak Djokovic earned his 382nd Masters 1000 victory at the Paris Masters.
The Serb was more efficient in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, which is always crucial against big servers. He followed the rival’s number of service winners and outplayed him in the more extended exchanges. Cressy held after a couple of deuces in the encounter’s second game and closed it with a service winner. Novak held at love in the seventh game and earned three break chances in the next one from 40-0 down! Maxime fended them off with booming serves and brought the game home with a smash winner for 4-4.
Cressy served to stay in the set at 4-5 and landed an ace to extend the battle that saw a tie break after two commanding holds in games 11 and 12. Novak grabbed an early mini-break and scored another with a forehand down the line winner in the sixth point for 5-1. Cressy hit a double fault in the seventh point and offered Djokovic five set points. Novak seized the first with an ace for 7-6 in 60 minutes and a boost. Maxime denied a break point at the start of the second set with a volley winner and stayed neck and neck with Novak until 4-4. The American hit a costly double fault in game nine to face two break points. Novak hit a sharp winner on the first to deliver a break and serve for the victory. Djokovic placed a volley winner at the net in game ten to seal the deal and advance into the third round.