Novak Djokovic makes admission after overcoming Maxime Cressy challenge in Paris

Defending Paris Masters champion Novak Djokovic admitted that Maxime Cressy was a tricky opponent and that the American had him feeling pressure and tension in his tournament opener. 

Cressy, a big-serving American that has become known for his old-school serve-and-volley game, made Djokovic work hard but the Serb was able to escape with a 7-6 (1) 6-4 win. 

“It was very intense, just a lot of pressure. When you play someone that serves this well — first and second serve — you don’t have much room to relax and maybe play kind of a softer few games. You just have to be on your toes all the time. Credit to him for serving big in some big moments. I had my chances [in the] first set to break him, second as well. A break came at the right time, perfect time actually. I was very pleased with the way I held my serve, didn’t face a break point,” Djokovic said after the match, per the ATP website.

How Djokovic defeated Cressy?

Djokovic is widely viewed as the best returner in the world but Cressy just wasn’t giving him many chances on his serve. 

The first and lone break points of the first set were seen in the eighth game, when Djokovic missed out on three break points.

After struggling to make a breakthrough on Cressy’s serve for the majority of the first set, Djokovic won the first-set tie-break with just one point lost.

In the first game of the second set, Djokovic had his fourth break point of the match but Cressy again saved to avoid going down by an early second-set break.

The next break point was seen in the ninth game, when Djokovic claimed the first break of the match to open a 5-4 lead and give himself a chance to serve out for the match.

In the following game, Djokovic converted his first match point to set up a round-of-16 meeting against the winner of the match between Karen Khachanov and Marc-Andrea Huesler.