BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Djokovic Survives Test By Herbert
by ATP Staff|
The 2009 Paris champion had equal footing against Herbert early in the match, with both players holding serve and Djokovic unable to find rhythm against the hard serving Frenchman. Djokovic failed to convert two break points in the third game of the first set. Djokovic himself faced two set points serving at 5-6, but successfully defended them, forcing a tie-break. The Belgrade native took command in the decider, pushing his less experienced opponent to succumb 7-3.
Herbert, appearing in his second ATP World Tour main draw event, had no answers for Djokovic’s play in the early stages of the second set, failing to appear on the scoreboard until a crucial hold at love in the sixth game. The 22 year old fought off two match points down 2-5, winning the game by hitting his ninth and final ace.
With the game back on his racquet, Djokovic converted on his third match point, closing out the victory in just over 90 minutes.
Djokovic is making his ninth straight appearance at the BNP Paribas Masters, and had bowed out in his opener on three previous occasions, including last year against Sam Querrey. He goes on to face either 13th seed John Isner or qualifier Michal Przysiezny in the Round of 16.