The next major tournament on the Men’s Pro Tour is the BNP Paribas Masters, which is held in Palais Omnisports in Bercy, France. This is the final event this year before the end of year championships and there are still 2 spots remaining in that 8-player draw.
Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Robin Soderling, Fernando Gonzalez, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Radek Stepanek and Marin Cilic are the 7 players who are still contending for the above mentioned 2 spots. The fact that 2 spots will be decided in Bercy is great for men’s tennis.
The BNP Paribas Masters is the 9th and final ATP World Tour Masters 100o tournament this year. There are 2,750,000 Euros up for grabs and this hard court event is held from Saturday November 7 through to the final on Sunday November 15.
Last year in Paris local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga delighted fans by winning the final 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 against the defending champion David Nalbandian. Tsonga who is pictured above during last years event will be looking to reach the final again this year because that is exactly what he needs to do to secure a spot in the 2009 end of year championships.
Tsonga beat James Blake whilst Nalbandian defeated Davydenko in the 2008 semi-finals. The quarter finalists were Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Roger Federer.
This year the draw is made up of 48 players, 39 direct acceptances, 3 wild cards and 6 spots were allocated to qualifiers. The final direct acceptance was Andreas Seppi of Italy with a ranking of No.57 on the ATP Tour.
All of the 16 seeds have a BYE in the 1st round so the remaining 32 players play off to meet a seed in the 2nd round. The French Tennis Federation awarded 2 of the wild cards to French players Michael Llodra and Sebastien Grosjean and the final wild card to 3 time Paris Masters men’s singles champion Marat Safin playing in his final tournament before going into retirement.
The seeding and draw for the top 16 players, IF they all win through to the round of 16 are:
(1) Roger Federer versus (15) Gael Monfils
(12) Marin Cilic v. (7) Fernando Verdasco
(4) Andy Murray v. (13) Radek Stepanek
(10) Fernando Gonzalez v. (5) Juan Martin del Potro
…which completes the head-to-head play-offs in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players seeded to meet are:
(6) Nikolay Davydenko v. (9) Robin Soderling
(16) Tommy Haas v. (3) Novak Djokovic
(8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (11) Gilles Simon
(14) Tommy Robredo v. (2) Rafael Nadal
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Paris Masters 1000 in France as we update you with results, who qualifies, what major upsets occur, how many ATP ranking points and how much prize money is awarded for each round.
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