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He looked to be slightly out of sorts, searching for his best and physically a little under the weather but Novak Djokovic still found a way to muscle past Joao Sousa convincingly in straight sets to launch his bid to become world No.1 again at the Rolex Paris Masters on Tuesday.

In his first match after a couple of weeks break, the all-conquering Serb took a while to shake off his ring rust and looked unusually sluggish, allowing a Portuguese journeyman he routinely dominates to give him a bit of a scare in an uneven first set before he then asserted himself to win 7-5 6-1.

Even while occasionally looking with concern towards his player’s box and evidently not feeling 100 percent as he coughed up a host of errors, Djokovic’s sheer quality and mental resilience still eventually saw him through his second round contest in one hour 33 minutes.


His victory means that Rafa Nadal must win his opening match against Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday or Djokovic will take the Spaniard’s world No.1 spot.

Despite taking his amazing recent record to 28 match wins in 29 matches, with 28 consecutive sets won, this looked like an uncomfortable night for Djokovic, who let a 4-1 lead slip away and had to survive a break point at 5-5 in the first set against a dogged opponent who had never previously taken more than four games off him in 14 sets.

Nineteen unforced errors in that opening set was most un-Djokovic like but more normal service was resumed in the second set as he reeled off the first five games while still looking nowhere near his most convincing.
Occasionally, though, the real Djokovic did show up as with the moment he won a dazzling 23-stroke rally and waved his arms to urge the crowd to get behind him.

At 5-1, there was a delay in the changeover as an elderly gentleman in the crowd needed medical attention and Djokovic, even if not feeling his best himself, sprang into action by delivering a towel to the suffering spectator.
Within a few minutes, the four-time champion had put an end to Sousa’s suffering - the Portuguese seemed to be struggling with an injury issue of his own - to book his third round place against Bosnia’s Damir Dzhumur, who had earlier outplayed rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-3.


A mixed day for France’s Davis Cup contenders

French captain Yannick Noah’s selection choices for November’s Davis Cup final are looking increasingly problematic after a dramatic day involving his players on Tuesay.

While he will have thrilled to the sight of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looking much improved in the three tie-break defeat by Milos Raonic, he may earlier have been concerned to see the two players who had won singles rubbers in the semi-final against Spain, Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille, both succumbing.


The unpredictable Paire was beaten 6-4 6-4 to Marton Fucsovics but the consolation for Noah in the 6-3 6-4 defeat of his usual go-to man Pouille was that his conquerer happened to be another potential candidate for the team, Gilles Simon, who has found a rich seam of form.

When Tsonga was asked about his chances of playing in the team, he smiled: “This would be an incredible motivation for me to think that I could be on the team. And I would give everything I have to be competitive. If they decide to take me, of course I will do everything to serve the group's interest. And I will try to play even better than I would if it were only for myself.”

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