Top-seeded stars have dominated the 2013 BNP Paribas Masters through the second round of play, and there are a few stars that will continue to shine through the final rounds of the tournament.
The second round featured just three upsets in the 16 matches played. Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Tommy Haas, Grigor Dimitrov took down Fabio Fognini and Kei Nishikori was able to upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Outside of those matches, the higher seed won with relative ease.
Moving into the final rounds of the tournament, the typical stars stand to make runs at the title. Defending champion David Ferrer will certainly look to repeat, but some of the other top names in the game will be giving him a run for his money.
The final rounds of the 2013 BNP Paribas Masters will certainly be fun to watch.
It's hard not to like the defending champion's chances of repeating. Ferrer defeated Lukas Rosal 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round and will face Gilles Simon in the third round on October 31.
The Spaniard plays a fast game, and his pace is difficult to match. His opponents are frequently out-hustled, and Ferrer often tires them out during the later sets because of how intense he is during each individual game.
Surprisingly, Rosal was able to hang with Ferrer through two sets. Ferrer appeared to be cruising after the first set, winning all six games to take a commanding lead in the match. Rosal was able to handle Ferrer with relative ease in the second set, though, and it took a pretty close third set to decide the match.
Ferrer will need to be careful against Simon in the third round. He can't afford any second-match slip-ups against Simon, as it's generally not safe to give up the middle set after dominating in the first.
Ferrer is the favorite to win, but he'll need to play a more consistent match in the third round.
Whenever the top seed is in a tournament, you'd be foolish to not list him as a favorite to win it all. Rafael Nadal is coming off a 7-5, 7-5 second-round victory over Marcel Granollers, and Jerzy Janowicz, his third-round opponent, should also go down pretty easily.
Nadal is the best tennis player in the world—period. He can play on any surface, and that makes him a dangerous opponent in the BNP Paribas Masters. He is exceptionally quick and never seems to tire, and that ability to play demanding matches makes him a threat to win any tournament.
Janowicz will give Nadal problems because of his incredibly fast serve, but Nadal should be able to handle the ball off the ground. Nadal's strong forehand will play a huge factor in this match, as he won't be able to return those powerful serves without it.
Nadal should be able to defeat Janowicz, but it will be an interesting match.
Novak Djokovic defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round (7-6, 6-3), and the Serbian continues to show why he is one of the best men's tennis players in the world.
His all-around game will be difficult to solve, and it may take a match against another top talent to take him down. Djokovic tires pretty easily, though, and that could be a major disadvantage for him in matches that go three sets.
In the end, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Djokovic wins the tournament. He's been playing well as of late, with wins at the Shangai Rolex Masters and China Open within the past month. He's playing good tennis as the season comes to a close, and that means bad news for anybody going against him.
He'll continue to shine through the third round, but I'm curious to see if the hot play of the other top seeds will be enough to slow him down.