Djokovic outclasses Dodig

2011-11-09 17:23

Paris - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both shrugged off injury concerns to sweep into the third round of the Paris Masters at Bercy Arena here on Wednesday.

Djokovic's participation in the year's penultimate event, which he won in 2009, had been cast into doubt by the recurrence of a shoulder injury, but he had too much for Croatian Ivan Dodig in a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

The world No 1 succumbed to only his fourth defeat of the season against Kei Nishikori at last week's Swiss Indoors and he showed signs of rustiness in the first set here, double-faulting twice and producing 10 unforced errors.

A sublime behind-the-back forehand early in the second set proved he was finding his rhythm, however, and he closed out victory to set up an encounter with 15th-seeded compatriot Viktor Troicki.

Second seed Murray had to withdraw from the Swiss Indoors with a buttock muscle strain but he showed no ill-effects in a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of France's Jeremy Chardy.

The world No 3, who won three consecutive tournaments in Asia last month and is on a 17-match unbeaten streak, now finds his route to the quarter-finals barred by No 13 seed Andy Roddick.

Murray has a 7-3 career record against the American, and prevailed in straight sets when they met on the grass in the semi-finals at the Queen's Club in June this year.

Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer took his place in the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.

Ferrer, who has already booked a berth at the WTA Tour Finals in London later this month, will face Ukrainian 14th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov for a place in the last eight.

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.

Third seed Roger Federer, who has never gone beyond the last four at the Paris Masters, faces Adrian Mannarino of France later on Wednesday.

Latest results on Wednesday from the Paris Masters (seedings in parentheses):


Second Round

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.
Alexandr Dolgopolov (14), Ukraine, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Ivan Dodig, Croatia, 6-4, 6-3.