Montreal: Novak Djokovic`s reign as world number one got off to a wild start as he scrambled to a 7-5, 6-1 win over Russian Nikolai Davydenko at the Montreal Masters, improving his season record to a dazzling 49-1.
Back in action for the first time since his Wimbledon victory over Rafa Nadal, Djokovic`s competitive debut as world number one looked in danger of ending in disaster.
In near invincible form this season winning eight titles, Djokovic appeared suddenly vulnerable after a four week holiday, as the 30th ranked Russian recorded two early breaks to grab a 4-1 lead on the sluggish Serb.
But Davydenko would win only two more games as Djokovic shifted into top gear reeling off six straight service breaks to take the first set and jump out in front 4-0 in the second then hold serve to seal the victory as lightning crackled around the stadium.
"I`m just trying to handle it (being number one) the best possible way but on the other side trying to keep my life very simple, the way it was before," Djokovic told reporters.
"Of course, the world is looking at me a bit differently. It carries a little bit more weight on your shoulders.”
"I don`t want to think about negatives and worry about things that might happen because I have become number one: Will I keep it long enough? Will it come to my head? Will I struggle with emotions?”
"I`ve become number one. I achieved my dreams. This is all that is going on in my head, all I`m thinking of, just enjoying the moment."