Novak Djokovic pocketed a $1.6-million bonus just for turning up on court on Wednesday before making light of recent shoulder pains to beat Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters.
An ATP rule designed to entice top players to take part in top events states that as world number one, Djokovic is entitled to a $2 million bonus if the plays in all eight Masters tournaments.
The bonus drops to $1.6 million if he misses one – and to nothing if he misses two.
Having skipped the Shanghai Masters through injury, the Serbian suffered a recurrence of a shoulder problem in his semifinal defeat in Basel against Japan’s Kei Nishikori last week.
At Bercy, Djokovic, who has won three grand slams and five Masters title this year, struggled at times against world number 39 Dodig, but served strongly throughout and took his chances when it mattered to book his place in the third round.
A break in the 10th game was enough for him to take the lead and another in the sixth game of the second helped him wrap it up.
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