Paris Masters 2013: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
The best men's tennis players on the planet were in Paris this week for the final ATP Masters 1000 event of the 2013 season, and Novak Djokovic proved to be the best of the bunch.
With a 7-5, 7-5 win over David Ferrer in the final, the No. 2 seed completed a great run to give him his sixth tournament title of the season. This includes Masters championships at Shanghai and Monte Carlo, as well as a victory at the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, Ferrer reached his third final in a row and his ninth of the year. He also handed No. 1 Rafael Nadal a rare loss in the semifinals.
Roger Federer also had a solid showing in this event with wins over Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson and Philipp Kohlschreiber. A narrow loss to Djokovic in the semifinals ended his tournament, but the veteran proved that he still has plenty of ability.
With so many elite players, it was no surprise that every round was filled with excellent matches played at a high level. Read along for a complete daily recap of the tournament to help you relive the action.
No. 1 Rafael Nadal, Spain
No. 2 Novak Djokovic, Serbia
No. 3 David Ferrer, Spain
No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
No. 5 Roger Federer, Switzerland
No. 6 Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
No. 9 Richard Gasquet, France
No. 10 Milos Raonic, Canada
No. 11 Tommy Haas, Germany
No. 12 Nicolas Almagro, Spain
No. 13 John Isner, United States
No. 14 Jerzy Janowicz, Poland
No. 15 Gilles Simon, France
No. 16 Fabio Fognini, Italy
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Day 7 Recap
Day 7 Scores
No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. No. 3 David Ferrer; 7-5, 7-5
It was never easy, but Novak Djokovic outlasted David Ferrer to win the 2013 Paris Masters.
The Serbian player fell behind in both sets and struggled with his serving accuracy throughout the day, getting only 56 percent of his first serves in play. However, he still found a way to win the service points 69 percent of the time.
Meanwhile, Ferrer appeared to be in good shape for a comeback with a 4-2 lead in the second set. However, he fell apart late as Djokovic came through with a 7-5 victory to clinch the match.
This is the sixth title of the year for Djokovic, who has now won three straight tournaments since losing to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final. He has won 17 matches in a row to improve to 67-9 on the year, and he enters the ATP World Tour Championships as one of the favorites.
As for Ferrer, this is the third straight finals loss after finishing as the runner-up at both Valencia and Stockholm in recent weeks. Still, the Spanish player continues to show that he is among the best in the world after making a great run in Paris.
Day 6 Recap
Day 6 Scores
No. 3 David Ferrer def. No. 1 Rafael Nadal; 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. No. 5 Roger Federer; 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Novak Djokovic showed why he's the best returner in tennis on Saturday, breaking Roger Federer four times in eight return games over the final two sets of their Day 6 semifinal clash to advance to the final of the Paris Masters this weekend.
The top-ranked Serb looked to be in serious trouble after dropping the opening set and going down a break early in the second. But a quick break of serve in the very next game allowed Djokovic to seize momentum. After evening things up with a 6-3 win in the second frame, Djokovic rolled in the final set, winning 31 of 51 total points to earn his first final berth at the Paris Masters since 2009.
Djokovic will take on defending tournament champion David Ferrer, who brought his A-game against compatriot Rafael Nadal in Saturday's second semifinal.
Nadal struggled mightily on his second serve and squandered six of seven break-point chances in the straight-sets loss.
The third-seeded Ferrer will look to become the first man to repeat as champion at the Paris Masters on Sunday.
Day 5 Recap
Day 5 Scores
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. No. 9 Richard Gasquet; 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka; 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 David Ferrer def. No. 6 Tomas Berdych; 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 5 Roger Federer def. No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro; 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2011 Paris Masters champions Roger Federer is through to the semifinals following a hard-fought three-set win over Juan Martin del Potro on Friday. The fifth-seeded star avenged his loss to the Argentine last week at the Swiss Indoors, knocking him off 6-3 in the third.
Tournament top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic also won on Day 5, each cruising to victory in straight sets.
Djokovic saved all six of Stanislas Wawrinka's chances to break and continues his hot streak against the up-and-coming Swiss star, having now beat him 13 straight times. Djokovic will meet Federer in the first of Saturday's two semifinals.
Like his Serbian rival, Nadal was also facing off the man he beat at the 2013 U.S. Open semifinals earlier this year on Friday. The result was similar but the score was reversed as the top-ranked Spaniard crushed Richard Gasquet to reach the semifinals in Paris for the first time since 2007.
Nadal will take on compatriot and defending tournament champion David Ferrer next. Ferrer battled back from one set down to defeat sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in Friday's final quarterfinal.
Day 4 Recap
Day 4 Scores
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. No. 14 Jerzy Janowicz; 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. No. 13 John Isner; 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 David Ferrer def. No. 15 Gilles Simon; 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro def. Grigor Dimitrov; 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 Roger Federer def. Philipp Kohlschreiber; 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. No. 10 Milos Raonic; 7-6(13), 6-4
No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka def. No. 12 Nicolas Almagro; 6-3, 6-2
No. 9 Richard Gasquet def. Kei Nishikori; 6-3, 6-2
While the Round of 16 featured some exciting matchups, it set up even better battles in the upcoming quarterfinals with virtually all of the top players in the world advancing.
Novak Djokovic had a little bit of trouble early against the hard-serving John Isner. The American had nine aces in the first set and eventually took the lead in a tiebreak.
However, Djokovic was able to come back strong in the final two sets thanks to some excellent serving. He won 88 percent of his first serve points in the match while limiting Isner to only three game wins in the final two sets.
Juan Martin del Potro also had to overcome a tough first set while he struggled with serving accuracy against Grigor Dimitrov. However, he did not even face a break point in the final two sets to advance.
Meanwhile, most of the other top seeds advanced with little issue, including Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka. These two will face del Potro and Djokovic respectively in a competitive bottom of the bracket.
On the top half of the draw, Tomas Berdych outlasted Milos Raonic in a match that featured a 28-point tiebreak. He will face David Ferrer, who cruised past a sloppy Gilles Simon in straight sets.
Day 3 Recap
Day 3 Scores
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Marcel Granollers; 7-5, 7-5
No. 3 David Ferrer def. Lukas Rosol; 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
No. 5 Roger Federer def. Kevin Anderson; 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. Pablo Andujar; 6-2, 7-5
No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka def. Feliciano Lopez; 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 10 Milos Raonic def. Robin Haase; 6-3, 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. No. 11 Tommy Haas; 6-2, 6-2
No. 12 Nicolas Almagro def. Ivan Dodig; 6-4, 6-3
No. 13 John Isner def. Michal Przysiezny; 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3
No. 15 Gilles Simon def. Nicolas Mahut; 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)
Grigor Dimitrov def. No. 16 Fabio Fognini; 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Top seed Rafael Nadal received a solid challenge from Marcel Granollers, but found a way to pull through late in both sets. That's the difference between a major champion and an average player on tour, knowing how to close out sets.
Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a tournament triumph in Basel and fought through a tricky match with Marin Cilic. The Croatian will continue his search for top form with hopes of getting back on track in 2014.
American John Isner was pushed to a third set by unheralded opponent Michal Przysiezny. Isner eventually prevailed, but finding a way to win more matches in the early rounds with ease to save energy is crucial for him in big events. It's been an issue throughout his career.
Seeded players Tommy Haas and Fabio Fognini both feel to unseeded opponents, but neither results was a major surprise. Philipp Kohlschreiber and Grigor Dimitrov are both ranked in the top 25 and earned a spot in the third round.
Day 2 Recap
Day 2 Scores
Kevin Anderson def. Mikhail Youzhny; 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 2-1, retired
Nicolas Mahut def. Alexandr Dolgopolov; 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
Pablo Andujar def. Vasek Pospisil; 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov def. Michael Llodra; 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3
Ivan Dodig def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin; 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
Michal Przysiezny def. Jarkko Nieminen; 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Marcel Granollers def. Dmitry Tursunov; 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. Pierre-Hugues Herbert; 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Kei Nishikori def. No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7)
No. 9 Richard Gasquet def. Fernando Verdasco; 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3
No. 14 Jerzy Janowicz def. Santiago Giraldo; 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Day 2 at the Paris Masters featured plenty of fireworks.
Tuesday's main attraction, second-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced past tricky qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets, but needed a tiebreak to take the lead in the opening frame.
But the bigger story on Tuesday was the fall of No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was ousted in his opening match, dropping back-to-back tiebreakers to Kei Nishikori to lose in gut-wrenching fashion in the third. The early defeat ends the Frenchman's bid to qualify for next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The first seeded player to take the court, ninth-seeded Richard Gasquet overcame the upset-minded Fernando Verdasco in the day's first second-round match, fighting back to take the deciding set after the Spaniard evened things up in an epic second-set tiebreak.
World No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny, who was coming off a title run in Valencia last week, was forced to retire with a bum shoulder in the third set of his first-round match with Kevin Anderson. The big South African took control in the second-set tiebreaker and was up a game in the third at the time of Youzhny's retirement, per SuperSport Blitz on Twitter:
Kevin Anderson advanced to the 2nd round at the Paris Open after Mikhail Youzhny retired in the 3rd set with a shoulder injury #SSTennis— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) October 29, 2013
Meanwhile, Dmitry Tursunov and Vasek Pospisil, who rank 30th and 32nd in the world, respectively, were among Day 2's other notable first-round victims.
Tursunov fell in straight sets to Spanish doubles star Marcel Granollers while Pospisil went the distance but lost to world No. 52 Pablo Andujar.
Day 1 Recap
Day 1 Scores
Kei Nishikori def. Julien Benneteau; 6-4, 6-2
Pierre-Hugues Herbert def. Benoit Paire; 6-2, 6-2
Fernando Verdasco def. Ernests Gulbis; 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
Feliciano Lopez def. Bernard Tomic; 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-1)
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Andreas Seppi; 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Marin Cilic def. Igor Sijsling; 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Robin Haase def. Denis Istomin; 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
Lukas Rosol def. Jeremy Chardy; 6-3, 6-4
Santiago Giraldo def. Adrian Mannarino; 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
With all 16 seeded players enjoying a first-round bye, there was little star power on display on Day 1 in Paris. But there was still plenty of drama, as Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco survived multiple tiebreaks to reach the second round.
After suffering a crushing defeat in his second-set tiebreak against Bernard Tomic, Lopez responded brilliantly, thrashing the Aussie in the deciding breaker to take the match in three sets.
Verdasco would only need two sets to advance past Ernests Gulbis, but nothing came easy against the Latvian. Despite the fact Verdasco had won 20 of 24 points at one point and managed to take a commanding 4-0 lead in the second set, the world No. 34 found himself clawing for control of the match in a tiebreak after Gulbis won six of the next eight games.
The 29-year-old Verdasco will have to rest up quick as he's scheduled to play ninth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the second round on Day 2.
While there were plenty of other winners on Day 1, a majority of the top contenders have yet to get going. But there should be much more in store for tennis fans on Day 2 as players like Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kick things off.