Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris on Wednesday. The top-ranked Djokovic complained of shoulder pain in his semifinal match last week at the Swiss Indoors to Kei Nishikori of Japan in Basel. He said he was fine after practice on Tuesday.
“It was really somehow funny for me to see how people are coming up with that story,” Djokovic said. “I even heard that I would get on the court and play a game just to get this money. I mean, this is ridiculous. I want to play well here. I want to get as far as possible, and then London (for next week’s tour finals), which is the most important tournament in this part of the year for all of us.”
Up next for Djokovic is his fellow countryman, Viktor Troicki, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine.
Also advancing is world number three-ranked Andy Murray of Great Britain, who upped his record to a perfect 16-0 since the 2011 U.S. Open, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over France's Jeremy Chardy. Murray will next face American Andy Roddick.