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Djokovic Secures $1.6 Million Bonus With Win at Paris Masters

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Croatia's Ivan Dodig during their Paris Tennis Masters Series indoor tournament tennis match on November 9, 2011 at the Bercy Palais-Omnisport (POPB) in Paris. Photographer: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Croatia's Ivan Dodig during their Paris Tennis Masters Series indoor tournament tennis match on Nov. 9, 2011 at the Bercy Palais-Omnisport (POPB) in Paris. Photographer: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Rossingh in London at drossingh@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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