Last updated on November 12 at 11:55pm Paris time. See the latest scores and results below…
The 2010 BNP Paribas Masters men’s singles round of matches were just completed 10 minutes ago. The Paris Open is now called the BNP Paribas Masters due to title sponsorship rights. The were still five players in contention for the final 3 spots in the Top 8 who qualify and play-off in the year-end ATP Tour Finals in London in the round of 16.
In the round of 16 all of the Top 8 seeded players were going strong and setting themselves to battle it out for the title. No.10 seed through to No.12 seed stepped it up and much to the crowds delight the unseeded local Michael Llodra join in with the upsets to see two French men still in contention for a home singles title.
The final three spots in the ATP Tour Finals in London were decided when No.6 seed Fernando Verdasco who was so close to winning his match against Gael Monfils when he held 2 match points at 5-4 in the third and final set. After Verdasco failed to convert his match points, Monfils reeled off three games in a row after the pair split the first two sets with tiebreak’s to win in 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Verdasco’s loss put him out of contention and confirmed Tomas Berdych who was in 6th place in the race and David Ferrer’s position in the Top 8 who was in 7th place. Andy Roddick played a very competitive match against Ernests Gulbis but proved too strong on a few key points to win through to the quarter finals, which sealed the final spot in the Top 8. Roddick’s win earned him enough ATP ranking points to end Jurgen Melzer’s hopes of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals, who even if he wins the Paris Open singles title (he beat Ferrer in the round of 16), can no longer finish in the Top 8.
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Pictured above is 2003 US Open Men’s Singles champion Andy Roddick just as he has released the ball at the beginning of his service action. The 1.88m Roddick holds the world record for the fastest ever recorded serve. The 28 year old right-hander from America will be playing in the ATP Tour Finals for the sixth time this year after participating in 2003-04 and 2006-08.
Roddick is a former World No.1 who has been a runner-up in 4 Grand Slam singles finals – Wimbledon 2009, 2005 and 2004 plus the 2006 US Open. Roddick made the quarter finals in Paris last year, with his career best result at this tournament being a semi finalist in 2003 and in 2005. Roddick plays Robin Soderling for a chance to equal his best Paris performance.
Roddick has won both meetings with Soderling this year in tough 3-set battles. This will be the third time this year they meet on hard courts and at a Masters 1000 event. Soderling won their first two matches both in 2008 and narrowly lost in the final set tiebreak in their most recent match at the Cincinnati Open in the USA.
The player’s name that is bolded in the quarter finals 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 quarter finals.
The 2010 Paris Open men’s singles draw for the quarter finals is:
- (1) Roger Federer versus (11) Jurgen Melzer (7) Ferrer
- (3) Andy Murray v. (12) Gael Monfils (6) Verdasco
- (8) Andy Roddick v. (4) Robin Soderling
- (5) Berdych (10) Nikolay Davydenko v. Michael Llodra (2) Djokovic
Quarter Finals matches scheduled for Friday 12 November:
- On Central Court at 2pm: (8) Andy Roddick lost to (4) Robin Soderling 5-7 4-6
- Followed on Central Court by: (10) Nikolay Davydenko lost to Michael Llodra 5-7 1-6
- On Central Court at 7:30pm: (1) Roger Federer defeated (11) Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
- Followed on Central Court at not before 8:30pm: (3) Andy Murray lost to (12) Gael Monfils 2-6, 6-2, 3-6
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