Djokovic wins 1st match since birth of his son

Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — In his first match since the birth of his child, defending champion Novak Djokovic stayed on course to finish the season as No. 1 by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday.

The top-seeded Djokovic took a 5-1 lead in the first set and broke his German opponent in the opening game of the second.

Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa also reached the third round.

Anderson fired 12 aces in his 6-4, 7-6 (8) win over Santiago Giraldo of Colombia while Verdasco outlasted Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Tommy Robredo of Spain, Belgium’s David Goffin and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay won their first-round matches along with Frenchmen Gael Monfils, Jeremy Chardy and Lucas Pouille.

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