BNP Paribas Masters Day 3 - 4
Paris Masters Men's Singles Third Round Thursday Oct 30
1-Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils 6-3 7-6(2)
2-Roger Federer beat Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4
4-David Ferrer beat Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-2
Kevin Anderson beat 3-Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7(2) 7-5 7-6(3)
5-Tomas Berdych beat 12-Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3
6-Kei Nishikori beat 10-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 4-6 6-4
7-Milos Raonic beat 11-Roberto Bautista-Agut 7-5 7-6(7)
8-Andy Murray beat 9-Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-3
Federer Continues Streak; Djokovic, Murray, Nishikori Advance; Wawrinka Falls
atpworldtour.com: October 30 2014 Paris, France - Roger Federer kept up the pressure on Novak Djokovic in the battle for year-end No. 1 Thursday when he reached the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals. Federer has lifted five trophies from 10 finals this year, including at his past two tournaments, the Shanghai Rolex Masters (d. Simon) and a sixth crown at the Swiss Indoors Basel (d. Goffin).
Second seed Federer extended his winning streak to 14 matches with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 20-year-old qualifier Lucas Pouille to set up a clash against seventh seed Milos Raonic who defeated Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 7-6(7). The seventh seed struck 23 aces against the 11th-seeded Bautista Agut during the match which lasted one hour and 44 minutes.
In the last match of the evening, World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated local French favorite Gael Monfils 6-3 7-6(2) to move into the quarterfinals. Djokovic, who withstood 12 aces from Monfils, broke once in the first set then hung on to win the second set tiebreaker 7-2 after one hour and 32 minutes.
Andy Murray booked his place in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a seventh consecutive season after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-3. The 27 year old did not face a break point during the 69-minute encounter with his Bulgarian opponent, and won 93 per cent of his first-service points (27 of 29). Murray, seeded eighth in Paris, goes on to play either top seed Novak Djokovic or Frenchman Gael Monfils, who face off later today
Ferrer guarantees himself a berth in the prestigious eight-man field in London should he reach this week’s final. The 32 year old has participated in the season finale in five previous seasons (2007, ’10-’13). David Ferrer continues his push to qualify for London with his defeat of fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-2 in their third-round encounter.
Kei Nishikori, a four-time champion on the ATP World Tour this season (Memphis, Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo), toughed out a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win against 10th seed and 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to improve to 4-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The 24-year-old Nishikori currently sits in sixth position in the Emirates ATP Race To London, and guarantees himself a berth in the season finale by reaching the Paris semi-finals.
Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych defeated No. 12 seed Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3 in Paris to improve to a 53-19 match record on the season, which includes two ATP World Tour titles at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Cilic) and the If Stockholm Open (d. Dimitrov). Berdych, who is currently No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, will guarantee a fifth straight qualification at the season finale, to be held at The O2 from 9-16 November, by reaching the semi-finals this week.
He will next meet No. 14 seed Kevin Anderson, a 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(3) winner over Stan Wawrinka. Anderson fired 18 aces and claimed 75 per cent of first-serve points to close out the win in two hours and 50 minutes. He improves to 3-3 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the Swiss and now owns a 4-8 record against Top 10 opponents on the season.
Federer Edges Chardy; Murray Sets Rd 16 Clash with Dimitrov; Wawrinka Advances
atpworldtour.com: October 29 2014 Paris, France - Roger Federer withstood a tough test from home favourite Jeremy Chardy to advance 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-4 to the BNP Paribas Masters third round on Wednesday.
The 33 year old extended his winning streak to 13 matches, a run that includes picking up his sixth Basel title last week (d. Goffin) and his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Shanghai (d. Simon) last month.
The 33-year-old Federer dropped his opening service game and eventually found himself serving down 2-5 against the 27-year-old Chardy. The Swiss erased four of Chardy’s set points as the Frenchman served for the set at 4-5, and consolidated the break to even the set at 5-5. Federer would go on to win his 11th straight tie-break - his previous loss was to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Rogers Cup final - after Chardy dumped a forehand into the net.
In the second set, both players held serve - Chardy erased both break points he faced - before heading into another tie-break. This time, the Frenchman had the upper hand, pushing their third FedEx ATP Head2Head encounter into a decider after smacking an inside-out forehand out of Federer's reach.
Federer grabbed the break early in the third, and stayed on track to close out the victory in two hours and 31 minutes. Federer next plays qualifier Lucas Pouille, who upset 16th seed Fabio Fognini 7-6(5), 7-6(7) in their second-round clash.
Andy Murray closed in on a qualification berth for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Julien Benneteau in the BNP Paribas Masters second round on Wednesday. The eighth seed is guaranteed his seventh consecutive year of qualifying for the season finale, held 9-16 November at The O2 in London, should he reach the Paris quarter-finals.
His last hurdle will be facing ninth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the next round. Dimitrov triumphed in his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-0, 6-3. The Bulgarian fired six aces and claimed 80 per cent of his first-service points (25 of 31) to close out the victory in 62 minutes.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka avenged his loss to Dominic Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open this spring, opening his BNP Paribas Masters campaign Wednesday with a 6-4, 7-6(6) victory.
The two traded blows with matching one-handed backhands, but it was Wawrinka who captured three breaks of serve, closing out the match in one hour and 36 minutes. Thiem came back from a 2-4 deficit in the tie-break, but he could not convert a set point opportunity at 6-5.
Kei Nishikori stayed on course to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time on Wednesday when the Japanese star reached the BNP Paribas Masters third round. Nishikori, who is currently in sixth place in the Emirates ATP Race To London, recorded his 50th match win of the year with a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tommy Robredo.
Sixth seed Nishikori will meet No. 10 seed and 2008 titlist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday. Tsonga, who won the Rogers Cup in Toronto (d. Federer) in August, struck 10 aces past Jurgen Melzer in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory over one hour and 41 minutes.
Paris Masters Men's Singles Second Round Wed Oct 29
2-Roger Federer beat Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-4
3-Stanislas Wawrinka beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 7-6(6)
9-Grigor Dimitrov beat Pablo Cuevas 6-0 6-3
12-Feliciano Lopez beat Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4
8-Andy Murray beat Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4
4-David Ferrer beat David Goffin 6-3 2-6 6-3
11-Roberto Bautista beat Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2
7-Milos Raonic beat Jack Sock 6-3 5-7 7-6(4)
6-Kei Nishikori beat Tommy Robredo 6-7(4) 6-2 6-3
10-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Jurgen Melzer 6-2 4-6 6-2
13-John Isner vs Gael Monfils
Lucas Pouille beat 16-Fabio Fognini 7-6(5) 7-6(7)