Paris Masters 2013: Recap and Results from Wednesday's Men's Singles Play
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was in action on Wednesday at the 2013 Paris Masters, and the Spaniard faced a stiff test from the game Marcel Granollers while earning a 7-5, 7-5 victory.
Granollers used a quality first serve to keep things close with the world No. 1. It wasn't until the 11th game of each set that Nadal finally earned a break. Granollers hit just 58 percent of his first serves and won only 68 percent of those points, but he took control of points with his serve when he needed to.
Meanwhile, Nadal's serve also looked fantastic. Attempting to become the first player to win six Masters events in a single season, he drilled 72 percent of his first serves and won 86 percent of his points.
In other words, he looked just fine. There is no reason to read any signs of weakness into the close score. Next up for Rafa is a third-round battle with Jerzy Janowicz. Check out Nadal's post-match interview:
Wednesday's Men's 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
Philipp Kohlschreiber Destroys Tommy Haas
He needed a run in this tournament to qualify for the World Tour Finals, and he didn't get it.
Philipp Kohlschreiber dominated his way to a 6-2, 6-2 victory. While the ease with which Haas was handled is surprising, Kohlschreiber is the 23rd-ranked player in the world, and his victory was not a shock.
Down to 4 for 3 places at O2. @TommyHaas13 loses to PK so Roger, Stan and Richard almost there. Milos has to reach Paris final to hv chance— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) October 30, 2013
Roger Federer Cruises
Federer had his game in groove, and he was tough when he needed to be by saving five of six break points.
David Ferrer Is Pushed to Three Sets
Defending champ David Ferrer was extended to three sets by Lukas Rosol, but the match wasn't all that taxing.
It took just one hour and 27 minutes for Ferrer to earn the 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 win.
He struggled a bit by landing just 55 percent of his first serves, and that cost him dearly in the second set. However, he rebounded with a vengeance and took the third set with relative ease.
David Ferrer opened his Paris Masters title defence with a three-set win over Lukas Rosol. http://t.co/3y42HdWA18— Sky Sports Tennis (@SkySportsTennis) October 30, 2013
All stats via ATPWorldTour.com.
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