Paris Masters 2013: Final Results from Day 4
After four days of action in Paris, things are shaping up nicely for a blockbuster finale in the final ATP Masters 1000 event of the 2013 season.
Every match on Thursday ended as you'd expect, with the favorite advancing into the quarterfinals past an inferior opponent.
Live Tennis highlighted this fantastic group of eight, which will also be the final eight for next week's ATP World Tour Finals next week in London, for your viewing pleasure:
With November's arrival, the 2013 season is winding to an end, and these players are eager to make a final statement heading into the next year with a resounding victory in Paris.
Here's a look at the results, followed by a closer look at the top stories from Thursday's action.
|Rafael Nadal (1)||Jerzy Janowicz (14)||7-5, 6-4|
|Novak Djokovic (2)||John Isner (13)||6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2|
|David Ferrer (3)||Gilles Simon (15)||6-2, 6-3|
|Juan Martin del Potro (4)||Grigor Dimitrov||3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|Roger Federer (5)||Philipp Kohlschreiber||6-3, 6-4|
|Tomas Berdych (6)||Milos Raonic (10)||7-6(13), 6-4|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (7)||Nicolas Almagro (12)||6-3, 6-2|
|Richard Gasquet (9)||Kei Nishikori||6-3, 6-2|
Novak Djokovic Survives an Early Scare
Taking on John Isner, who steamrolled his way into the Round of 16 with 27 aces on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic got into early trouble, losing the first set after a 7-5 tiebreaker. Isner scored nine aces in that first set, looking just as strong as he did yesterday.
However, Djokovic came charging back with four aces of his own in the second set while ramping up his defensive efforts, holding Isner to just two aces.
Taking away Isner's advantage in the serving game allowed the former No. 1 to get back to his game, working the lanky American all over the court.
Djokovic won the final two sets in dominant fashion, finishing the match with a 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Tomas Berdych Outlasts Milos Raonic
Tomas Berdych made it into the quarterfinals, but the outcome was in doubt for most of the match.
Milos Raonic scored 18 aces on the day, and he pelted Berdych with 10 in the opening set, which couldn't be decided by normal methods. As noted by Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times, the duo clashed for 20 minutes in a tiebreaker before Berdych finally won, 15-13:
Tomas Berdych wins an epic 20-minute first set tiebreak over Milos Raonic, 15-13. Surprisingly dodgy serving from both.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) October 31, 2013
After losing that first set in such dramatic fashion, Raonic could have folded in the second but he continued his strong play, making Berdych earn every single point.
In the end, the Czech was able to power through the adversity, moving on to the next round, where he'll face David Ferrer.
Rafael Nadal Plugs Along Toward Quarterfinals
For the second match in a row, Rafael Nadal got past his opponent in straight sets, but he didn't look particularly dominant while doing so.
Going up against No. 14-seeded Jerzy Janowicz on Thursday, Nadal was able to break his opponent just three times in the match, winning 7-5, 6-4.
Janowicz scored eight aces and only one double fault, but Nadal was able to fend off the hard-serving Polish star just enough to come away with another victory on his way to the final rounds.
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