Djokovic restores self-confidence
Novak Djokovic believes that his victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has helped restore the confidence back into his game.
The Serbian ace, now back at world number one and guaranteed to be there until next year, suffered an early exit at the hands of Sam Querrey in Paris last week and did look a little tentative in the opening exchanges against Tsonga on Monday night.
However, after managing to take the opening set to a tie-break by saving three break points, he dominated from then on to secure the win, 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.
The victory took Djokovic to the top of Group A and he was delighted to restore faith in his own abilities going into the rest of the tournament.
"I had difficult circumstances (last week), some things I had to face," Djokovic said.
"That's why this match tonight was very important for me mentally, to break the ice in some way, to return to the shape that I want to be in, the mental state, also to be confident and optimistic on the court and play my game.
"Hopefully I can carry this on to another match against Andy in two days."
Djokovic will next be in action on Wednesday against British number one Andy Murray, who also got his campaign up and running with a three-set victory over Tomas Berdych, 3-6 6-3 6-4.