The 2010 BNP Paribas Masters men’s singles 1st round matches were completed over three days. The Paris Open is now called the BNP Paribas Masters due to title sponsorship rights. Five of the sixteen 2nd round matches are played today with the remaining eleven to be payed on Wednesday, after which the last 16 players will be determined.
In the second round all of the Top 16 seeded players will be in action for their first match due to receiving a BYE in the 1st round. The final three spots in the ATP Tour Finals in London are still up for grabs making the Paris Open a very critical tournament for the top player’s trying to achieve one of their major goals on the ATP Tour i.e. qualifying as on of the Top 8 players for the year.
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Pictured above is 2008 US Open Men’s Singles semi finalist David Ferrer just after making contact with the ball for this backhand ground stroke. The 28 year old right-hander from Spain qualified for the ATP Tour Finals in 2007 and won through to the Men’s Singles Final before running into Roger Federer. Ferrer is bidding to qualify for the 8-player year-end tournament for a second time. Ferrer made his first Masters 1000 singles final earlier this year at the Rome Open Masters 1000 tournament.
The 1.75m Ferrer achieved best singles ranking of No.4 on February 25 2008 and his best performance at the Paris Open was making the quarter finals in 2005 and 2007. Ferrer is currently in 7th place in the battle to qualify and needs to perform better than at least two of the following players five players to earn his spot in the Top 8- Tomas Berdych, Andy Roodick, Fernando Verdasco, Mikhail Youzhny and Jurgen Melzer.
On recent form Ferrer seems to be the most likely player to secure a Top 8 finish. Ferrer won his first indoor hard court title last week at the Valencia Open in Spain to earn his second singles ATP Tour title this year from 5 finals, after which he said, “This is one of the happiest days of my life. It’s hard to find the words. It’s very special and I’m very happy to win at home. It’s also very special for me as I have a good chance for London now as well. Even though I am not yet mathematically qualified, it gives me a lot of confidence.”
We will keep you updated here at OCA with the results and scores of each match and the schedule of play throughout this tournament. To get the best deal in Hong Kong on tennis racquets and tennis gear click here. The player’s name that is bolded in the 2nd round singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match.
The 2010 Paris Open men’s singles draw for the 2nd round is:
- (1) Roger Federer versus Richard Gasquet
- Radek Stepanek v. (14) Nicolas Almagro
- (11) Jurgen Melzer v. (Q) Santiago Giraldo
- (Q) Fabio Fognini v. (7) David Ferrer
- (3) Andy Murray v. David Nalbandian
- Sergiy Stakhovsky v. (13) Marin Cilic
- (12) Gael Monfils v. (Q) Benjamin Becker
- (WC) Arnaud Clement v. (6) Fernando Verdasco
- (8) Andy Roddick v. (Q) Jarkko Nieminen
- Ernests Gulbis v. (9) Mikhail Youzhny
- (15) Ivan Ljubicic v. Stanislas Wawrinka
- Gilles Simon v. (4) Robin Soderling
- (5) Tomas Berdych v. (WC) Florent Serra
- Thomaz Bellucci v. (10) Nikolay Davydenko
- (16) John Isner v. Michael Llodra
- Juan Monaco v. (2) Novak Djokovic
2nd round matches scheduled for Tuesday 9 November:
- Ernests Gulbis defeated (9) Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 3-0 retired
- (WC) Arnaud Clement lost to (6) Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 0-6
- Radek Stepanek def. (14) Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
- (12) Gael Monfils def. (Q) Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
- (5) Tomas Berdych def. (WC) Florent Serra 6-3 6-1
The schedule of play for Wednesday 10 November is:
- On Central Court at 10:30am: (8) Andy Roddick def. (Q) Jarkko Nieminen 6-1 6-4
- Followed on Central Court by: Juan Monaco lost to (2) Novak Djokovic 4-6 3-6
- Followed 0n Central Court by: (3) Andy Murray def. David Nalbandian 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
- Followed on Central Court by: (16) John Isner lost to Michael Llodra 3-6 4-6
- On Central Court at 7:30pm: (1) Roger Federer def. Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-4
- Followed on Central Court at not before 8:30pm: Gilles Simon lost to (4) Robin Soderling 4-6 0-6
- On Court 1 at 10:30am: Sergiy Stakhovsky lost to (13) Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-4, 3-6
- Followed on Court 1 by: (15) Ivan Ljubicic lost to Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6 4-6
- Followed on Court 1 by: (11) Jurgen Melzer def. (Q) Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
- Followed on Court 1 by: Thomaz Bellucci lost to (10) Nikolay Davydenko 3-6 0-6
- Followed on Court 1 by: (Q) Fabio Fognini lost to (7) David Ferrer 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (4-7)
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