Paris - Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer took his place in the third round of the Paris Masters with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Nicolas Mahut at Bercy Arena here on Wednesday.
Ferrer, who has already booked a berth at the WTA Tour Finals in London later this month, will face either Ukrainian 14th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov or Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber for a place in the quarter-finals.
Serbian 11th seed Janko Tipsarevic stormed into round three by thrashing American Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 6-0 to set up a clash with Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic, the 2009 champion, is due to begin his campaign against Croatia's Ivan Dodig later, despite doubts about his participation due to the recurrence of a shoulder injury.
Should he fail to make it onto the court, the Serbian stands to lose $1.6 million in ATP bonus pool money, having also had to pull out of the Masters event in Shanghai last month.
Latest results on Wednesday from the Paris Masters at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (seedings in parentheses):
Janko Tipsarevic (11), Serbia, def. Alex Bogomolov Jr., United States, 6-1, 6-0.
David Ferrer (4), Spain, def. Nicolas Mahut, France, 6-4, 6-4.
Andy Murray (2), Britain, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, 6-2, 6-4.
Viktor Troicki (15), Serbia, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-4, 6-4.