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Djokovic, Murray, Federer reach third round in Paris



Paris, France (Sports Network) - Four of the top-five players in the world, including former champion Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and former world No. 1 Roger Federer, were all second-round winners Wednesday at the $3.06 million Paris Masters, the final ATP Masters event of the year.

The world No. 1 Djokovic improved to a remarkable 68-4 for the year with a 6-4, 6-3 handling of Croat Ivan Dodig on the indoor hardcourts at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.

Djokovic, who headed to Paris amid concerns about a shoulder injury that bothered him last week in Basel, is the reigning U.S. Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open champion and was the Paris Masters winner in 2009.

The 24-year-old Djokovic will earn a $1.6 million bonus paid to the top players for appearing in eight Masters tournaments. Djokovic did not play in Shanghai last month because of injury and would have lost the entire bonus had he not played here in Paris.

"It was really somehow funny for me to see how people are coming up with that story," Djokovic said. "I even heard that I would get on the court and play a game just to get this money. I mean, this is ridiculous."

"I took the necessary measures in the last couple of days in order to recover (and) play in this tournament," Djokovic said. "I'm feeling good on the court and that's what matters."

Djokovic's third-round opponent on Thursday will be fellow Serb Viktor Troicki.

Meanwhile, the Aussie Open runner-up Murray improved to 16-0 since the U.S. Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over French wild card Jeremy Chardy on Day 3, while a third-seeded Federer cruised past French wild card Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-3. Federer is seeking his second title in two weeks as he's fresh off a championship in his native Basel last week, which marked the Swiss icon's first title in 10 months.

Some players have complained about the slowness of the courts this week, but Federer is not among them.

"In Paris, it's faster than (four) years ago when I lost against Nalbandian," Federer said. "It was almost like the French Open No. 2."

Up next for Murray will be 13th-seeded American Andy Roddick, while the 2011 French Open runner-up and 16-time major champion Federer will encounter 16th- seeded French favorite Richard Gasquet. Paris is the only Masters final that the great Federer has never reached.

Fourth-seeded world No. 5 Spaniard David Ferrer moved into the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over French qualifier Nicolas Mahut, while seventh- seeded American Mardy Fish drilled German Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-2 in a mere 56 minutes. Ferrer's third-round opponent will be Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, while Fish will battle gritty Argentine Juan Monaco on Thursday.

Upsets came when Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez leveled eighth-seeded French star Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4, Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi took out ninth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5, and Monaco mauled 10th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-0 in 73 minutes. Seppi is rewarded with a third- round bout against sixth-seeded French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 Paris Masters titlist. Monfils was the runner-up in the last two Paris Masters finals, including last year at the hands of Swede Robin Soderling. Djokovic derailed Monfils in the '09 finale.

French players were a dismal 0-5 on Wednesday.

In other action involving seeds, No. 11 rising Serb Janko Tipsarevic trounced American Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 6-0 in a brisk 50 minutes, a No. 14 Dolgopolov dismissed German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) and a No. 15 Troicki bested Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-4.

Another second-round result saw 6-foot-9 American John Isner handle Russian lucky-loser Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-4.

The 2011 Paris Masters titlist will claim $625,000.

11/09 17:02:10 ET