BNP Paribas Masters 2016: Thursday Tennis Scores, Results, Updated Schedule

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the Men's second round match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgria on day three of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on November 3, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic fought back to beat Grigor Dimitrov at the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday, while Marin Cilic booked his place at the ATP Tour Finals, toppling David Goffin in straight sets 

Cilic was in complete control of this one, coasting to a 6-3, 7-6 (9) win over the dangerous Belgian. He becomes the seventh player to book his spot in the end-of-season showpiece.

He'll face Djokovic and his nearest challenger Andy Murray in the finals. Murray was also in action on Thursday as he swept aside home-crowd favourite Lucas Pouille in straight sets.

Here are the results so far from the French capital and a closer look at how the action has panned out.

BNP Paribas Masters 2016
MatchScore
[9] Marin Cilic bt. [8] David Goffin6-3, 7-6 (9)
Jack Sock bt. [12] Richard Gasquet6-2, 3-6, 7-5
[4] Milos Raonic bt. Pablo Cuevas4-6, 6-1, 6-2
[1] Novak Djokovic bt. [14] Grigor Dimitrov4-6, 6-2, 6-3
John Isner bt. Jan-Lennard Struff6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3
[2] Andy Murray bt. [13] Lucas Pouille6-3, 6-0
[11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt. [5] Kei Nishikori0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
[7] Tomas Berdych bt. Gilles Simon6-4, 6-3
FlashScore.com
BNP Paribas Masters: Friday Schedule
Quarter-FinalJohn Isner vs. Jack Sock
Quarter-Final[1] Novak Djokovic vs. [9] Marin Cilic
Quarter-Final[7] Tomas Berdych vs. [2] Andy Murray
Quarter-FinalJo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. [4] Milos Raonic
ATP World Tour

     

Recap

Dimitrov showed his intent early against Djokovic as he broke the Serbian to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Djoker hit back immediately, but as BBC 5 live's David Law noted, the Bulgarian went quickly ahead once more:

Indeed, from there he was able to see out the first set and draw first blood.

The world No. 1 responded in typical fashion, however, and took the second set in short order having tightened up his game—having made 13 unforced errors in the first set he made just five in the second, per TennisTV:

It was a similar story in the decider, despite some stand-out moments from Dimitrov:

He will play Cilic in the next round, which will be a difficult match if he repeats his performance from Thursday.

Meanwhile, Murray opened up a 3-0 lead on Pouille in the first set, having saved two break points himself. The Scot was typically dogged in his efforts:

Pouille was able to break back as he forced his way back to 3-4, but another break sealed the set for the world No. 2.

The second set was even more straightforward for the relentless Murray, who bageled his opponent with ease to cruise through.

In the opening match of the day, Cilic showed why he remains one of the most feared players in the sport, producing a wonderful performance against Goffin.

The former U.S. Open champion has been enjoying a decent end to the season and showcased some exceptional play early in this last-16 tussle. Indeed, it wasn’t all about the serve either for Cilic, as both men struggled with the ball in hand throughout the opener, with a total of five breaks of serve.

Cilic was on form early on in this one.
Cilic was on form early on in this one.Dan Mullan/Getty Images

After grabbing his third break of the set, Cilic did eventually serve it out successfully, and given his service game was only going to improve, Goffin faced a huge uphill struggle in this one.

However, the second set was much tighter, with both men finding better rhythm with the ball. There was an exchange of breaks midway through the stanza, although eventually the duo battled to a tiebreak.

From there, Cilic moved ahead, though he was a little profligate in pursuit of the decisive blow. He squandered five match points in the breaker before Goffin missed an opportunity to force a decider. Eventually, at the sixth time of asking, the world No. 10 wrapped this one up.

As we can see courtesy of DoubleFault28, the Croatian was eventually delighted to get this one won:

Elsewhere, Jack Sock had to dig deep to fend off a fightback from home favourite Richard Gasquet.

Sock looked as though he was going to shut this one down early on, as he romped to a 6-2 opening-set win. But Gasquet turned on the style in the second to the delight of the Paris crowd, levelling it up at a set apiece.

In a pulsating decider of winners, errors and breaks of serve, Gasquet saved two match points when trailing 5-4 and a third at 6-5 down. However, the pressure from Sock eventually proved to be too much, as the young American sealed the match at the fourth time of asking.

Milos Raonic was more successful with his comeback. The fourth seed was edged out of a narrow opening set by Pablo Cuevas, but roared back in style as he dropped just three games across the second and third sets, producing five unanswered breaks of serve in the process.

Meanwhile, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga recovered from a bagel against fifth seed Kei Nishikori to reach the next round. The Frenchman endured a disastrous start but came back resurgent in the second set:

Nishikori had the chance to finish him off in the decider, but Tsonga was able to make a remarkable recovery as he saved two match points and broke his opponent to stay in the match, and he would go onto claim the tiebreaker that eventually ensued.

He'll play Raonic in an intriguing matchup on Friday.

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