Novak Djokovic is the undisputed King of Tennis, and he's back in action this week at the Paris Masters indoor hard-court tournament. The three-time and defending champion (2009, 2013, 2014) had a bye into the second round, then advanced to the third with Tuesday's straight-sets win over Thomaz Bellucci. Next up: No. 14 seed and French native Gilles Simon (Thursday, 4:00 AM ET).
At press time, Djokovic is a heavy –2000 favorite to get past Simon (+900) and into the quarterfinals. Djokovic is also available at –1200 to win the first set, with Simon at +600. They've met 10 times in men's singles action, with Djokovic winning each of their last nine matches after losing on the indoor courts of Marseilles back in 2008.
Among the other players advancing to the third round at press time were No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, plus 2012 champion and No. 8 seed David Ferrer. All the top men's seeds are present for this prestigious Masters 1000 event, including No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 3 Roger Federer and No. 7 Rafael Nadal. Federer (2011) is the only member of that threesome to win the Paris Masters; Nadal fell to David Nalbandian in the 2007 finals.
Tennis Odds: Djokovic Seeks Paris Masters Three-peat
World's No. 1 Novak Djokovic is looking for his fourth career title and his third in three years at this week's Paris Masters (indoor, hard-court). Djokovic has already advanced to the third round, where he'll meet No. 14 Gilles Simon on Thursday at 4:00 AM ET.
Djokovic is a heavy –2000 favorite at press time to beat Simon (+900) for the ninth straight time in men's singles action. He's also –1200 to win the first set over Simon (+600). The only time the Frenchman has beaten Djokovic was the last time they played indoors, seven years ago in Marseilles.