Paris Masters Day Two Recap: Novak Djokovic Extends Win Streak

Paris Masters Day Two Recap: Novak Djokovic Extends Win Streak

Top seeded Novak Djokovic beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-5, 6-3 in his opener at the BNP Paribas Masters Paris on Tuesday. Djokovic has not lost a match since the final at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in August.

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Chris Spiech

Top seed Novak Djokovic was one of four seeds to advance in Tuesday action at the BNP Paribas Masters Paris. Djokovic has now won eleven straight matches in Paris dating back to 2013. He is the two-time defending Champion.

Djokovic Leads Seeds To Round Three

Novak Djokovic was able to bounce back from being broken early in the first set against Thomaz Bellucci to get past the Brazilian 7-5, 6-3. Bellucci broke Djokovic for a 3-2 lead in the opener, but the set was back on serve by the next game as Djokovic scored the break back. Djokovic would break Bellucci at-love in the 12th game to close out the set. In the second set, Djokovic and Bellucci swapped service holds through seven games before the top seed secured a break of serve for a 5-3 lead. He would serve out the match for his 74th win of the season. Djokovic has now won 18 straight matches.

Other Seeds Advance

Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka got off to a winning start with a tight 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Bernard Tomic. Wawrinka blasted 13 aces and used a stout first serve to move through to the third round in Paris. Eighth seed David Ferrer had no issues in dispatching of Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard did not face a single break point in the match. Ferrer broke Dolgopolov four times in the match and took 46 percent of the points played off Dolgopolov's serve. Gilles Simon closed singles action on day two with a three set win over Benoit Paire. Simon, the 14th seed this week, now seeks back-to-back wins in Paris for the first time since 2012.

More Results From Tuesday's Action

In other action on Tuesday, Roberto Bautista Agut survived French wild card Pierre Hugues-Herbert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Bautista-Agut broke Herbert three times on nine chances in the final two sets to secure the win. Eduoard Roger-Vasselin edged past Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5). Karlovic tallied 29 aces in the match, but ends the season 30 shy of Goran Ivanisevic's 1996 single season record of 1,477 aces.

Elsewhere, Viktor Troicki crushed Jack Sock 6-2, 6-3. Lukas Rosol won in three sets over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Jeremy Chardy won an all-French affair with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over wild card Lucas Pouille. Borna Coric broke a three match losing streak with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Fernando Verdasco. The win is the 18-year old's fifth Masters level win of the season in eleven matches.

Day Three Schedule

Third seed Roger Federer highlights the schedule of matches on Wednesday in Paris. Federer battles Andreas Seppi for the fourth time in 2015. He has won two straight since Seppi shocked the Swiss at the Australian Open. Seventh seed Rafael Nadal takes on Lukas Rosol for the second time in as many weeks. Nadal needed three sets to beat Rosol last week in Basel 1-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Other seeds in action on Court Central on Wednesday include sixth seed Kei Nishikori against Jeremy Chardy and 10th seed Richard Gasquet versus Leonardo Mayer. Those matches are followed by second seed Andy Murray taking on Borna Coric and 9th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga finishing the slate on Court Central against Roberto Bautista Agut.

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