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Djokovic Secures $1.6 Million Bonus With Win at Paris Masters

Serbia's Novak Djokovic
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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