Novak Djokovic, the world number one, battled through a difficult return to the ATP singles circuit on Tuesday, defeating Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters. The 34-year-old 20-time Grand Slam winner revealed on Sunday that his biggest concern is a lack of match preparation after not playing since Daniil Medvedev ended his hopes of a Grand Slam sweep in the US Open final in September. The Serbian’s fears were borne out as Fucsovics put up a sterner test than the ‘rabbit caught in the headlights’ one he had produced when they met in the Wimbledon quarter-finals earlier this year.
Djokovic remarked, “It’s my return to competition after almost two months of not competing in an official tournament.”
“As a result, it was difficult to get into my stride, but I’m delighted with the result.”
Djokovic, who is playing doubles in. Paris for the first time, said he expects a challenging battle despite having beaten his opponent three times previously.
He described it as a “great struggle.”
“I need to play more now to rediscover my intensity level.”
“The more games I play, the better I get.”
Djokovic scarcely needed to shift into second gear as he breezed through the first set in 38 minutes, dropping only two games.
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