BNP Paribas Masters Day 1 - 2
Paris Masters Men's Singles Tuesday Oct 28
R2: 1-Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4
R2: 5-Tomas Berdych beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-7(3) 6-2
R2: 4-Kevin Anderson beat Santiago Giraldo 6-4 7-6(8)
R2: Fernando Verdasco beat 15-Gilles Simon 3-6 6-3 6-4
R1: David Goffin beat Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-3
R1: Pablo Cuevas beat Leonardo Mayer 7-6(3) 1-0 ret.
R1: Gael Monfils beat Joao Sousa 6-1 6-4
R1: Jeremy Chardy beat Kenny De Schepper 7-6(5) 7-6(4)
R1: Lucas Pouille beat Ivo Karlovic 6-1 6-4
R1: Tommy Robredo beat Vasek Pospisil 6-3 4-6 7-6(5)
Djokovic Opens Title Defence; Verdasco Upsets Simon; Robredo, Monfils Advance
atpworldtour.com: October 28 2014 Paris, France - One week after his wife, Jelena, gave birth to their first child, Stefan, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returned to action with a 6-3, 6-4 second-round win Tuesday over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the BNP Paribas Masters.
Djokovic recorded his sixth win in seven meetings with Kohlschreiber, converting three of his seven break point chances to prevail in 85 minutes. The 27 year old defeated David Ferrer in the Paris final last year, adding to his 2009 triumph in the French capital (d. Monfils).
Djokovic claimed his 53rd win of the season in which he has won five ATP World Tour titles. Djokovic is the defending champion at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament and is looking to lift the trophy for the third time as he bids to stay ahead of Roger Federer in the battle to finish year-end World No. 1.
Frenchman Lucas Pouille recorded just his second tour-level win as he defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4. The 20 year old limited Karlovic to just five aces, closing his season's total at 1,185, and broke the 6’11 Croatian three times to advance in 68 minutes.
Kevin Anderson struck 12 aces as he beat Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-6(8) in just under two hours. The 28-year-old South African claimed his 37th win of the season and goes on to face Stan Wawrinka or Dominic Thiem.
Gael Monfils enjoyed a winning return to action on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Masters. The Frenchman, who has been sidelined for the past six weeks with a knee injury, cruised past Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4 in 76 minutes to reach the second round in Paris. The right-hander is a two-time runner-up at his hometown tournament, losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2009 final and to Robin Soderling a year later. He goes on to face 13th seed John Isner.
Former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco edged No. 15 seed Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The Spaniard advanced in just under two hours, winning two points more than home hope Simon in the contest
Marathon man Tommy Robredo bounced back from the disappointment of squandering five match points in Sunday’s Valencia final defeat to Andy Murray to beat Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) in the first round. The Spaniard played for three hours and 20 minutes against Murray and hobbled over the finish line in two hours and 10 minutes against Pospisil, having rallied from a 2-4 deficit in the final set.
The in-form Robredo will look to hamper Kei Nishikori’s London bid in the second round. The sixth-seeded Nishikori is due to play his first match since falling in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters (l. to Sock) three weeks ago. The Japanese star, who has beaten Robredo in their two previous meetings, will secure his spot at the season finale by reaching the semi-finals in Paris.
Roger Federer will open his bid to win a 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown against Jeremy Chardy, who won an all-French contest with Kenny De Schepper 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
Paris Masters Men's Singles First Round Monday Oct 27
Richard Gasquet beat Denis Istomin 6-7(4) 6-2 4-0 ret.
Jurgen Melzer beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4 6-1
Jack Sock beat Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-1
Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-1
Fernando Verdasco beat Donald Young 4-6 6-1 6-3
Sam Querrey beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4
Adrian Mannarino beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(3) 6-3
Dominic Thiem beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 4-6 6-0
Santiago Giraldo beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-2 6-4
Julien Benneteau beat Yen Hsun Lu 6-3 6-4
Thiem Tops Dolgopolov; Gasquet Advance; Americans Querrey, Sock into Second Round
atpworldtour.com: October 27, 2014 Paris, France - Dominic Thiem, the youngest player in the Top 50, beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 in 87 minutes on his BNP Paribas Masters debut Monday. The 21-year-old Thiem will next face third seed Stan Wawrinka, whom he beat for his first Top 10 win at the Mutua Madrid Open in May. Dolgopolov ends the 2014 season with a 27-21 match record, which includes a runner-up finish at Rio de Janeiro (l. to Nadal).
Qualifier Sam Querrey hit 17 aces past 2012 runner-up Jerzy Janowicz in a 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4 victory in just under two hours. It was his 28th match win of the season and he will next meet No. 12 seed Feliciano Lopez. Querrey has recently lifted three straight ATP Challenger Tour titles.
Earlier in the day, Santiago Giraldo beat former World No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny for the first time in their third meeting, 6-2, 6-4 in 64 minutes, to set up a second-round clash against No. 14 seed Kevin Anderson.
In a late evening match, France’s Richard Gasquet, the 2007 semi-finalist, was leading Denis Istomin 6-7(4) 6-2 4-0 when the Uzbek was unable to continue the match. Last week in Basel, Istomin extended eventual Swiss Indoors champion Roger Federer to three sets in the second round.
Philipp Kohlschreiber set a second-round clash with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the BNP Paribas Masters on Monday as he defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-1. Djokovic is due to play his first match since the birth of his first child, Stefan, on 21 October and has a 5-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over the 31-year-old Kohlschreiber.
Seventh seed and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Milos Raonic faces a must-win match against Jack Sock in the second round. The 22-year-old Sock extended his strong finish to the season with a 6-1, 6-1 dismissal of Pablo Andujar, winning 90 per cent of his first serve points to advance in 67 minutes.