World No 1 Novak Djokovic has laughed off suggestions that he only turned up for the Paris Masters in order to avoid missing out on a $1.6 million windfall.
Djokovic plays a forehand shot. Pic/AFP
Djokovic's participation was cast into doubt by a shoulder injury and, having already pulled out of last month's Shanghai Masters, another withdrawal would have cost him his lucrative share of the ATP bonus pool.
"It was really funny for me to see people coming up with these stories -- I even heard that I would get on the court and only play one game, just to get this money.
This is ridiculous," said Djokovic, after beating Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3 in a secound round clash yesterday. Earlier, Brit Andy Murray defeated France's Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-4.