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Paris Masters PIX: In-form Djokovic inches closer to No 1 ranking

October 31, 2018 09:34 IST

Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a backhand return against Portugal's Joao Sousa during his second round match on Day 2 of the Rolex Paris Masters in Paris on Tuesday

IMAGE: Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a backhand return against Portugal's Joao Sousa during his second round match on Day 2 of the Rolex Paris Masters in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic's pursuit of the season-ending World No 1 spot continued with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Portuguese qualifier Joao Sousa in the second round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday.

World No 2 Djokovic, who received a first-round bye, broke his opponent's serve four times to extend his winning run to 19 matches.

 

The 31-year-old Serb has returned to his brutal best this season with Grand Slam wins at Wimbledon and the USOpen, along with ATP Masters triumphs in Cincinnati and Shanghai.

For Djokovic to surpass top-ranked Rafael Nadal when the next edition of the ATP rankings are released on Monday, he must outlast the Spaniard in the French capital this week.

If both players lose in the same round, Nadal will retain the World No 1 ranking heading into the season-ending ATP Finals in London next month.

vCanada'a Milos Raonic plays a forehand against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 

IMAGE: Canada'a Milos Raonic plays a forehand against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Canada's Milos Raonic came from a set down to reach the second round with a hard-fought 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) win over local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

In a meeting of former finalists, Raonic fired 23 aces and won 89 percent of first-serve points to beat Tsonga in just under three hours.

The 27-year-old Raonic will next face Roger Federer, who is chasing his 100th career title after winning the Swiss Indoors last week.

Fernando Verdasco, who reached the quarter-finals last year, produced a clinical display to defeat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4.

The 34-year-old Spaniard will meet compatriot Nadal in the second round on Wednesday.

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