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ATP Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic returns with win, Daniil Medvedev loses cool, Alexander Zverev grinds through

Novak Djokovic beat Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry on the ATP Paris Masters. AP

Novak Djokovic returned to the court docket on Wednesday, cruising previous Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-3, 6-2 and strengthening his maintain on prime spot within the rankings after his two closest rivals each misplaced on the Paris Masters.

Second seed Carlos Alcaraz tumbled out against qualifier Roman Safiullin late the earlier night and earlier on Wednesday, Daniil Medvedev, seeded third, threw one other Paris tantrum as he misplaced 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/2) to Grigor Dimitrov.

Djokovic, enjoying in his first particular person match since profitable the US Open in September, broke Etcheverry, an Argentine ranked 31 on the planet, within the eighth recreation of the primary set and twice within the second, to win in a single hour and 24 minutes.

“At the start of the match, I had a little trouble finding my rhythm, my tempo, but by the end of the second set, it was really good,” stated Djokovic, who has gained at Bercy a document six occasions.

After beating Medvedev within the ultimate in New York on September 10, the 36-year-old Djokovic dashed again from the US Open to assist Serbia into the Davis Cup quarter-finals on September 15.

He then skipped the ATP Tour’s return to China, as a substitute spending time together with his household.

Djokovic will subsequent play Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

Earlier Medvedev threatened to cease within the second set if the group stored whistling him, though he later stated he was decided to win over the Paris followers.

Medvedev has had a collection of run-ins with Parisian followers. In Could, he gestured for the group to close up at Roland Garros and has complained on earlier visits to Bercy.

After Dimitrov took the primary set on Wednesday, Medvedev broke within the sixth recreation of the second set and led 5-2.

‘They’re silly’

When the Bulgarian broke to 5-5, Medvedev threw his racket which introduced whistles from the group. That additional upset the Russian.

“I’m not going to play when they whistle,” Medvedev shouted on the umpire.

“They’re stupid! If they don’t whistle, I’ll play!”, Medvedev stated earlier than telling the group. “I play guys, but shut your mouths, okay!”

After a time violation warning from the umpire, Medvedev resumed and edged the tie-break on his first set level.

“When I throw my racket, I’m allowed to get whistled at, it’s a bad reaction,” he later advised the press convention. “On the other hand, if I serve, and they whistle and applaud at the same time, it’s a bit weird.”

“That’s the public at Bercy, everyone knows it, not everyone likes playing here. I played much better at Bercy when there was nobody there,” he stated, mentioning his victory in 2020 in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Within the ultimate set, Medvedev saved six match factors earlier than forcing a tie-break through which he gained two factors earlier than Dimitrov lastly prevailed.

At the moment within the final qualifying spot for subsequent month’s ATP Finals in Turin, reigning Bercy champion Holger Rune stayed on observe for a quarter-final assembly with Djokovic by seeing off former US Open winner Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-2.

Sixth seed Rune, now coached by Boris Becker, gained his first Masters title in Paris final yr by beating Djokovic within the ultimate.

Greek seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas saved six of seven break factors and dodged 4 set factors as he beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp beat Twelfth-seeded Tommy Paul 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to finish the American’s probabilities of squeezing into the highest eight for the ATP Finals.

German Alexander Zverev took one other massive step within the race for Turin by edging out the final remaining hometown hope Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/5) in a marathon encounter.

The Frenchman displayed spirit to interrupt Zverev as he served for the match within the second set after which degree affairs with a dominant tie-break efficiency.

Regardless of this, and a partisan crowd towards him, the tenth seed finally rallied within the ultimate set to recuperate from an early break and grind out an exhausting win in over three hours.

Zverev now performs Tsitsipas on Thursday in a vital round-of-16 match that can provide up invaluable factors for whoever ought to declare victory on this assembly between two males which have shared unhealthy blood prior to now.



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