The 2010 BNP Paribas Masters men’s singles 2nd round matches were completed over two days. The Paris Open is now called the BNP Paribas Masters due to title sponsorship rights. The eight round of 16 matches will be played today in what is crunch time for the remaining players trying to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals in London.
In the second round 12 of the Top 16 seeded players won through to the round of 16 to give themselves the opportunity to play-off for a spot in the quarter finals. The final three spots in the ATP Tour Finals in London are still up for grabs as No.5 seed Tomas Berdych, No.6 Fernando Verdasco, No.7 David Ferrer, No.8 Andy Roddick and No.11 Jurgen Melzer are still alive in Paris. Melzer plays Ferrer in what could be the match of the round with Melzer’s chance to qualify for London finished if he cannot win in his first ever match against Ferrer.
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Pictured above is 2009 Australian Open Men’s Singles semi finalist Fernando Verdasco just after making contact with the ball for this forehand ground stroke. The 26 year old left-hander from Spain qualified for his first ATP Tour Finals last year and is bidding to qualify for the 8-player year-end tournament in London again this year. Verdasco made his first Masters 1000 singles final earlier this year at the Monte Carlo Open Masters 1000 tournament.
The 1.88m Verdasco achieved his career best singles ranking of No.7 on April 20 2009 and has equalled his best performance at the Paris Open by making the round of 16 for the third straight year. Verdasco needs to defeat last year’s runner-up in Paris and crowd favourite Gael Monfils today to progress to the quarter finals or he will NOT be able to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals. Monfils won their only match thus far 7-5 6-4 on clay at the Monte Carlo Open in 2008.
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The player’s name that is bolded in the round of 16 singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Any player whose name is italicised and has his first name removed is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the round of 16.
The 2010 Paris Open men’s singles draw for the round of 16 is:
- (1) Roger Federer versus Radek Stepanek (14) Almagro
- (11) Jurgen Melzer v. (7) David Ferrer
- (3) Andy Murray v. (13) Marin Cilic
- (12) Gael Monfils v. (6) Fernando Verdasco
- (8) Andy Roddick v. Ernests Gulbis (9) Youzhny
- (15) Ljubicic Stanislas Wawrinka v. (4) Robin Soderling
- (5) Tomas Berdych v. (10) Nikolay Davydenko
- (16) Isner Michael Llodra v. (2) Novak Djokovic
Round of 16 matches scheduled for Thursday 11 November:
- On Central Court at 10:30am: (8) Andy Roddick defeated Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
- Followed on Central Court by: (12) Gael Monfils def. (6) Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
- Followed 0n Central Court by: Michael Llodra def. (2) Novak Djokovic 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
- Followed on Central Court by: Stanislas Wawrinka lost to (4) Robin Soderling 6-7 (3-7), 3-6
- On Central Court at 7:30pm: (1) Roger Federer def. Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-3
- Followed on Central Court at not before 8:30pm: (3) Andy Murray def. (13) Marin Cilic 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3
- On Court 1 at not before 1:30pm: (11) Jurgen Melzer def. (7) David Ferrer 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3
- On Court 1 at not before 3pm: (5) Tomas Berdych lost to (10) Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-7 (57), 0-6
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