Unwell Novak Djokovic ‘hopes to be in better shape’ for next game after sluggish start

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Novak Djokovic feeling under the weather

He was far from 100 per cent health-wise and made a poor start, but Novak Djokovic was still too good for Corentin Moutet in his opening match at the Paris Masters.

The world No 1 found himself a break down in the opening set and had to save two set points, but eventually upped his game and came away with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

The 20-year old Moutet broke in game seven and found himself serving for the set in game 10, but he failed to capitalise on two set points as Djokovic broke back.

The Serb then dominated the tie-breaker and broke twice in the second to set up the win, although the Frenchman did get one break back.

“It was my first time playing against Moutet, he has a lot of talent. I made a lot of mistakes in the first set, but fair play to him,” Djokovic said.

“To be frank, I haven’t felt very well on court for a few days, and I hope to be in better shape tomorrow.”

He added: “It affects your energy, your vitality on the court. Obviously it’s not ideal, but in these kind of circumstances you just have to accept it and do everything that you can to recover.”

Up next for the 16-time Grand Slam winner is Kyle Edmund, who beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3.

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