Top-ranked Novak Djokovic secured an end-of-year bonus of $1.6 million by winning his opening round at tennis’s Paris Masters.
The Serb beat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Masters at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy. His participation in Paris had been in doubt after Djokovic struggled with a shoulder injury during his three-set loss to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the semifinals of an event in Basel, Switzerland four days ago.
The end-of-year ATP bonus pool is shared by the world’s top 12 players, with money taken away should they miss mandatory tournaments. Djokovic had been in line for a $2 million stake for winning 11 titles this season, including three majors. He’d lost $400,000 after pulling out of the Shanghai Masters in October. If he had missed this week’s Paris Masters, he would have lost his entire bonus.
Djokovic is 68-4 this year. His titles include the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
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