Novak Djokovic went back after a month and a half of inactivity and did so with a close victory over Marton Fucsovics in the second round of the Paris Masters 1000. The world number one, five-time champion of the event, had several ups and downs but won 6-2, 4-6 and 6-3, and aims to end the contest with the title under his arm.
Much was said about “Nole” after that unexpected defeat in the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev that prevented him from crowning the feat of lifting the season’s four major titles, a milestone that Rod Laver last achieved in 1969.
That frustration made the Serbian opt for a break and his return occurred at the Parisian event, the last Masters 1000 tournament of the season. With a correct performance and jumping the obstacles of his rival, who reached that stage after beating Fabio Fognini, the Balkan dispatched the Hungarian after two hours of play.
In this way, Nole’s goal seems clear: to finish the season at the top of the world rankings for the seventh time. and surpass the mark that until now he shares with the American Pete Sampras, another legend of white sports.
For that, he depends on himself and with reaching the final in Paris he will reach another impressive record in his successful career. He will also meet the goal if he advances to the semifinals and Medvedev does not become champion, or if the Russian does not reach the definition for the trophy.
Already in the round of 16, the Serbian waits for the winner between the French Gael Monfils and Adrian Mannarino to meet his next opponent.