Djokovic Opens Indoor Season Tuesday In Paris; Nadal Focused On Strong Year-End Finish
by Staff | October 28th, 2013
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Novak Djokovic begins his final push to reclaim the No. 1 ranking Tuesday at the Paris Masters. Djokovic, who has won 12 straight matches and 18 of his last 19, will be in second round action against little-known French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Coming of an undefeated Asian swing with titles in Beijing and Shanghai, Djokovic still has a shot, albeit a very slim one, to finish the year No. 1, but he’ll have to stay perfect this fall and hope Rafael Nadal falters.

Djokovic’s first opponent, the 22-year-old Hugues, just won his first career ATP match Monday beating countryman Benoit Paire.

Nadal, meanwhile, will have another day of rest. After pulling out of Basel last week, Nadal will open up on Wednesday against the Tursunov-Granollers winner.

Rafa, who’s had so much success at the other Paris event, has never won the indoor version nor the year-end ATP finals event next month.

“The last tournament of the year is important,” said Nadal. “I have never had the chance to play very well in London. In 2010 I played well; the rest I played really bad. I want to try to change that.

“I was always motivated for this last part of the season, but I was not able to apply it well. I hope this year I can change that situation. I hope to play well here and then we’ll see.

“I’m excited to be back in Paris,” he added. “Paris is a very special city for me. Probably the most special city in the world. It’s a great tournament. I haven’t had the chance to be here for different [reasons] for the past four years, so I am very happy and excited to be back.”

Also on Wednesday, Roger Federer will face the Youzhny-Anderson victor. Federer just came off a final in Basel yesterday and with the result should qualify for London.

“I’m a winner type, I don’t take that much confidence from losing matches,” Federer said Sunday after his loss in the Basel final to Del Potro. “I’m happy about the level of play, that it’s getting better, but it’s not in losses where I find my confidence. It’s in wins. I think the four matches previous gave me more than today’s match.”

The final two spots will end up among Stanislas Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tomorrow, Gasquet plays Fernando Verdasco while Tsonga takes on Kei Nishikori.

Still alive mathematically for London are Milos Raonic, Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro and Youzhny.

In first round play completed earlier today, Marin Cilic made his return to tennis from a doping ban firing 22 aces in a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Igor Sjisling.


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68 Comments for Djokovic Opens Indoor Season Tuesday In Paris; Nadal Focused On Strong Year-End Finish

Patson Says:

Go Nole !

Win Paris, Win YEC, Win AO …. win it all ma’ man !


metan Says:

Vamos Rafa,
Go get those titles that you don’t have them now.
Best of luck for you!!!


Steve 27 Says:

Vamos Rafa, you have to emulate Serena and win the WTF and completing the best resume of all time, better even than Agassi. Paris Bercy? Pourquoi pas?


Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa. Finish what you started. All your millions of fans will be supporting you all the way
#JustDoIt


Perfect fan Says:

Ya! going to be an exciting finish this year :)

If rafa goes deep in paris and wins WTF….he vl get his 3rd YEN1, 1st WTF….grt stuff for his legacy.

If nole wins remaining of atp with some help frm rafa….cons. 3rd YEN1, 3rd & back-to-back WTF….a legend in the making, will be HUUUU-GE achievement for nole & fans.

If fed wins WTF….7th WTF, a great feat never the less….I m sure lotta fed fans will forget the heart-ache year and will celebrate this feat no-less than a slam.

If delpo or anyone else….will be great for tennis and will start 2014 with a baannggg (very unlikely though, but I m counting on delpo!)

So in a nut-shell, WTF this year will be a CRAACCKERRRR >:)


skeezer Says:

“The last tournament of the year is important,” said Nadal. “
Really? Some of your fans thinks its a glorified exho.


Giles Says:

^^^ Important glorified Exo, no?


Alexandra Says:

Isn’t it more important what he thinks?


metan Says:

Amen @ Alexandra.
Example some of Roger fans wanted him to retire and couldn’t bear to see him play badly, but Roger himself keep repeating that He wants to play tennis. So that’s happened in all fans based, FANS OPINION. Hehehe!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I dont think its a glorified exho,however ive said this before and ill say it again,the RR format is something ive always had a hard time taking seriously in sport tennis or otherwise,the idea that a player can lose two matches yet still make the final and win it hmm,just wondering if people think thats fair to the other player who won both their matches,and yet lost the final?in a GS you have to win all your 7 matches,you dont get that luxury of been able to lose any matches,yeah yeah i know i know the WTFs are the top 8 players yada yada but still,personally i would like to see it played out over a fortnight with the top 20 player,two groups,a player loses and they are out,top two from each group contest the final,sorry folks the RR IMO is not fair,and im not saying that as a sour graping Rafa fan before i get heckled either,because given its significance it would be great for him to win,whatever my feelings about it.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Metan i dont have children but if i did,id love to have a daughter that was like you :))..


Josh39485 Says:

Don’t remember who the last WTF champion was who lost at least one RR match. Was it Davy?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Josh i could,ve been i dont remember,the point is depending on how the other players fare in your group,you have the luxury of losing 1 sometimes 2 matches and still making the final,which personally i dont think is fair,to the other player who might have won all 3,still it is what it is,but this is just my opinion.


Giles Says:

The WTF format ain’t gonna change neither is the surface!


hawkeye Says:

And the 1st Negative Comment on this Thread Award goes to the usual suspect. Proves my point for me over and over again. Hilarious!


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/4me5k
Rafa and a rainbow. Hope this is a good omen for our Champ!
Vamos Rafa!


Humble Rafa Says:

I think we should play the WTFinals right after the French Open. That way, we know that the best player will be crowned champion.


hawkeye Says:

I think Humble Rafa and The Great Davy aren’t so different, no?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Giles nice picture and i really hope so.
Hawkeye it might be just me,but i believe that The Great Davey and Humble Rafa are the same poster.


Humble Rafa Says:

I can believe my own girl believes I live a dual life.


Humble Rafa Says:

*can’t.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Humble Rafa lol sooo sorry,i should know by now,theres no comparison between the Great Davey and your good self,i apologize for ever doubting you :))..


hawkeye Says:

Freudian slip there Great Humble?

TXHC, you are not alone.


madmax Says:

skeezer Says:
“The last tournament of the year is important,” said Nadal. “
Really? Some of your fans thinks its a glorified exho.

October 29th, 2013 at 9:35 am

Giles Says:
^^^ Important glorified Exo, no?

October 29th, 2013 at 10:19 am

Alexandra Says:
Isn’t it more important what he thinks?

October 29th, 2013 at 10:19 am

metan Says:
Amen @ Alexandra.
Example some of Roger fans wanted him to retire and couldn’t bear to see him play badly, but Roger himself keep repeating that He wants to play tennis. So that’s happened in all fans based, FANS OPINION. Hehehe!

October 29th, 2013 at 10:25 am

alexandra, taking up on your point – firstly ALL rafa fans (are you saying you are an exception?) have said that the WTF is a glorified exho, now that Rafa says something different, it’s tail between the legs?
And if you say it’s more important what rafa says, then guess you must be right.

Rafa says that Roger is the greatest of al time. So I guess you must agree?

Alison, do you have to apologise to everyone on this forum?


Patson Says:

Ya’all Fed and Rafa fans are in for a heartbreak. Djokovic wins Paris, and the YEC. The only threat is Long John Isner. Djokovic beats Isner, he wins Paris. London, that’s Djokovic all the way.

Sometimes, it gets really lonely here for a Nole fan.


Thomas Says:

It would definitely be great for Novak if he wins Paris and the WTF. We will see.


madmax Says:

well, thomas, we will see. I would say though that delpo, after beating both rafa and roger this year, has every chance of coming out the favourite.

Why, all of a sudden, would rafa suddenly start playing better on in door hard courts? It’s his worst surface and the end of the season for him. His best play is at the beginning and he has proved that, these last 6 years.


hawkeye Says:

Well well, yet more GOAT talk from the fed fans.

(Same old. Same old. Can’t seem to help themselves lol.)

Striiiiike Twoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

Getting ready to pounce.

Excited!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Madmax why the sideways dig?it was just a joke between myself and Humble Rafa is all.


James Says:

@madmax,

I’ve never said WTF/YEC is a glorified exho. Am I not a Nadal fan? I just don’t think of it as highly as some of you Fed fans do. Still the YEC is bigger than the Masters 1000s for sure.

@Patson, I’m afraid, Nole isn’t winning the YEC this time;)


courbon Says:

@ james: I just checked with Vajda and Novak is winning this year. :-)


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I dont think that the WTF is a glorified exho,but i just hate the RR format,be it tennis,football or otherwise.


hawkeye Says:

@txhc, because some don’t like to practise what they preach, no?

They just help me to prove My whole point all along.

Look forward to next week’s exho (until Rafa wins) after which point it’s as good as a major of course.


madmax Says:

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:
Madmax why the sideways dig?it was just a joke between myself and Humble Rafa is all.

October 30th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Alison, firstly, it wasn’t a sideways dig at all. You just seem to apologise for your views and opinions all the time and I wonder why? You are obviously an educated person who has a lot to share, so why would you want to apologise for your life or for having different views to others? Everytime someone has something different to what you say, you apologise? Why? You will probably never meet the people on this site here, so why even care?

James Says:
@madmax,

I’ve never said WTF/YEC is a glorified exho. Am I not a Nadal fan? I just don’t think of it as highly as some of you Fed fans do. Still the YEC is bigger than the Masters 1000s for sure.

@Patson, I’m afraid, Nole isn’t winning the YEC this time;)

October 30th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

James, I think you need to read a bit more carefully: I don’t think anything was directed at you specifically. And secondly

skeezer Says:
“The last tournament of the year is important,” said Nadal. “
Really? Some of your fans thinks its a glorified exho.

October 29th, 2013 at 9:35 am

and secondly James, Alexandra had a point:

Alexandra Says:
Isn’t it more important what he thinks?

October 29th, 2013 at 10:19 am

so if she is saying that it is more important what Nadal things, then the fact that he thinks Roger is the best of all time, he would know would he not?


courbon Says:

Vamos!


courbon Says:

@ madmax:
Hi there. I juust want to give me point here in a friendly manner:
Hippy Chic has been millions times accused of being apologetic and today you’v done the same.
Firstly, British are quite apologetic ( apart from Brando, who is hard nose bastard!)
secondly, she is very, very polite person and I think that’s great.With all insults flying around , it’s OK if somebody is like that.
Its her, it’s what she is and I don’t think that should be taken against her.
It’s just my opinion.
Good luck to your man against Anderson.


Josh39485 Says:

True, us “Brits” are generally a kindly bunch :) But I’m not afraid to say what I think


courbon Says:

@ Josh: Yes, you are.Apart from North-they are rough up there! ( Murphy’s law tells me that you are probably from North and will get insult in a minute or two :-) )


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Madmax fair enough,but the difference for me is,i spend enough time getting into arguments in the real world,so id rather not do it on an internet forum with people im unlikely to ever meet,for what its worth i simply cannot stand the WTF format,but i dont regard it as a glorified exho either,and when everyone else likes to heap praise on players for their own personal foundations raising awareness for the good of mankind etc,i think its all noteworthy but celebrities promoting charities be it tennis players,sportspeople or otherwise irritates the hell out of me,yet i seem to get heckled everytime the subject comes up simply because i have a difference of opinion,i dont care to watch Novaks earlier round HC matches against lower ranked players or journey men as i find them boring too clinical,and i dont care for autobiographies of players that are still playing,i will buy them when they finish there careers,hubby bought me Rafas for Xmas a couple of years ago i didnt actually want it and i actually found it quite boring,and im not interested in Novaks gluten free diet either,GOAT talk,H2Hs boring,so there you go some things i wanted to get of my chest,and nothing im going to make an apology for.


madmax Says:

courbon,

thanks for the tip.

Cannot disagree with you, but every time I think someone apologises, it just gets cheesier and cheesier. There really is no need. Who wants to be friends with everyone on a site that supports different players. Debate and show some passion for goodness sake! rather than ducking your head every time with ‘sorry’.

It becomes irritating and then I kind of don’t believe that that person means it. Too afraid to express their own views for fear of ‘hurting’ others. It’s ridiculous.

Who needs virtual friends anyway? To be fair to Brando, no HNB in my view. Don’t always agree with him, but have more respect for someone who stands by their views and can support them, rather than saying “Oh…I am so sorry, did I offend you?’.

I have just seen rafa take his shirt off, and I have never seen him so chunky. God, has he put on weight! What is he eating these days?


madmax Says:

Alison! We posted at the same time!

THANK GOD! Woman! You can show a bit of passion for a change! I like this person better than the automaton who tries to please everyone!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

..and nothing im going to make an apology for…

October 30th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Thank God for that!

You don’t need to give me an explanation either! I am nothing to you and vice versa.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon thanks believe me im the exact oposite in the real world probably a hard faced b*tch,looking after 27 old people can be very trying at times,i sometimes say to my fellow coleagues i hope that the porridge aint too lumpy,Mr TXHC knows what a nasty temper i have too a Sagitariun and an Arian is a volitile combo believe me lol.


courbon Says:

@ madmax; Got your point, I know what you mean.
we perceive thing differently as humans-to me , she is consideret and polite, to some she is goody two shoes…Anyway, enough of that,she does not need me defending her.
Regarding Brando-that was cinical joke-I like the guy a lot!I was hoping he sees it and respond with insult!
…and finally regarding tennis ( which is the first reason why we are here ):
Who you think will win Bercy?

P.S.: Don’t get confuse by mine ‘Vamos’ cants-I’m not Nadal supporter and Vamos is for Marcel!
and to piss off Giles a bit…


courbon Says:

@ hIppy Chic: Hard faced b***????
Hard to belive but then you Northeners can be like that… (he, he, he…)


Giles Says:

For goodness sake, is Madmax unemployed ? He’s been blogging alllll day!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I think Rafa is a bit chunkier than usual,but IMO personally i think he looks better for it,Novak is way too thin borderline anorexic.


Josh39485 Says:

@courbon Haha, I’m not from up North thankfully (for me and for you!) I hail from London (and actually live 15 minutes from Wimbledon). Top class bunch, if I may say so :)

As for who will win Bercy: in the ATP Draw Challenge I picked Djokovic but I doubt that may be the case now. Paris is literally just before the WTF and there’s the possibility that the very top contenders there may want to “rest up” for that.


Giles Says:

@courbon. Hahaha. Remember two can play the same game!
Vamos Rafa!


Giles Says:

Rafa has actually lost weight!!!


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
For goodness sake, is Madmax unemployed ? He’s been blogging alllll day!

October 30th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Yeah Giles, clearly, YOU are. Some of the luxury of being on holiday. Clearly Rafa has put on weight or it’s the same condition you suffer from – wind – and a lot of it.


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Rafa has actually lost weight!!!

October 30th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Just loving your humour Giles.


madmax Says:

courbon,

I think rafa will win this tourny for the first time.


Giles Says:

Nah madmax, you’re windbag. Keep writing 100 lines and I will keep scrolling.


Josh39485 Says:

I agree with madmax on this one, Rafa seems to have gained a little, but it hasn’t affected his play at all. Not really important.

What are the odds of Raonic winning this tournament?


madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Nah madmax, you’re windbag. Keep writing 100 lines and I will keep scrolling.

October 30th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Follow your own advice then Giles.


courbon Says:

@ Josh: A, so until last September I lived in Tooting Bec/ Balham borders not far from you (spend lots of time in Earsfield with my clients )
Hippy Chic is from Yorkshire so I’ll keep quiet about North!
In picked Novak also but It could be Rafa or Delpo.I think between these three is 33% of each winning.


courbon Says:

Vamos!!

Shit, Marcell lost…OK until tomorrow then.


courbon Says:

@ madamax: I’v hust seen your post.Quite a good chance for Rafa to win.Novak and Delpo will cancel each out in semi (Novak can be upset before also by Isner or Wawrinka )-Rafa has a clear path, pretty much…


Josh39485 Says:

@courbon Wow, it really is a small world ;)

I agree 100% with your predictions – I can’t see past those 3 at the moment


hawkeye Says:

From the twitterverse…

Outdoors, Nadal has the best win-loss % in history, .859. Indoors he’s 38th on the all-time list at .659.

I take it back. All indoor tennis is a glorified exho.

I don’t have high expectations for Rafa in Paris indoors. Anything is gravy at this point for him this year.

He barely beat Groanollers 7-5, 7-5 today.

Speaking of, after said win, Rafa’s magic number to clinch is now just 580.

Vamos GOAT!!!


Josh39485 Says:

@hawkeye 580 what?


courbon Says:

@ Josh: Yes, very small world.I’m in South West France now-Gascony.
On topic of Bercy, I can also see Dimitrov maybe going deep.


Giles Says:

Vamos GOAT indeed!!


Josh39485 Says:

@courbon I don’t know about Dimi, I think he’s playing Del Potro tomorrow so I think that’s where his year will end.

I think Berdych or Raonic could potentially reach the SF.


Giles Says:

@hawkeye. Don’t forget this was Rafa’s first match on indoor HC in 2 years. I think it was a pretty good effort considering.
Vamos Champ!


madmax Says:

Vamos Roger!

Yeah Hawkeye, I noticed Rafa struggled today against Marcus, (but do you think that is because he isn’t as nimble, and is a bit of a chunk?) but hestill got through, same as Federer, struggled towards the end, but came up with the goods, as all great champions do.


skeezer Says:

“I take it back. All indoor tennis is a glorified exho.”

Now were talking’….

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