Paris: Novak Djokovic dismissed Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-3 in the Paris Masters second round on Wednesday amid concerns about the shoulder injury which bothered him last weekend at the Swiss Indoors.
The top-ranked Djokovic complained of shoulder pains in his semifinal loss to Kei Nishikori in Basel. He said he was fine after practice on Tuesday.
If Djokovic had withdrawn from Paris, he risked losing a $1.6 million bonus paid to the elite players for appearing in all eight Masters events. Djokovic didn't play in Shanghai because of injury and would have lost the entire bonus if he hadn't started in Paris.
He looked good on Wednesday. Dodig dropped serve at 5-4 with a backhand error to lose the first set.
Djokovic hit a crosscourt backhand winner on the line for a 4-2 lead in the next set, clinching victory with an ace.
Djokovic will next play Serbian compatriot Viktor Troicki, who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-4, 6-4.