Father Djokovic Rolls In Paris Opener; Federer, Murray In Action Wednesday
by Staff | October 29th, 2014, 12:22 am
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Playing his first match as a father, Novak Djokovic had no trouble dispatching Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the Paris Indoors Masters. The defending champion Djokovic is seeking a third Paris title this week, and was pleased with his start.

“It feels great! It’s different, obviously,” Djokovic told Sky Sports. “I’m trying to take as much positive energy as I can from what’s happened in the past few weeks. I’m very proud to be a father and I’m very proud of my wife for handling the birth in a great way. She’s back home recovering now, with our little boy. This was my first match as a father and it can only inspire me to play my best tennis.”

Djokovic is not only trying to defend his title, but also fend off Roger Federer in the No. 1 race.

“It’s not the first time that I’ve been in this particular situation,” said Djokovic. “I’ve been fighting for No. 1 the past couple of years with Nadal and Federer. I know what I need to do and I’ll try to keep things simple. Just focus my attention on my own matches. I can’t affect Federer’s matches, but I can win as much as I can/ If I keep on winning and performing well, like I did today, then I think I have a good chance. But Roger, on the other hand, is playing some fantastic tennis. It’s going to be a great fight.”

Federer will play Wednesday against Jeremy Chardy. The Swiss could possibly overtake Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking if he makes the finals this week.

Other second round winners Tuesday were Tomas Berdych, Kevin Anderson and Fernando Verdasco who beat French favorite Gilles Simon in three sets.

Gael Monfils, David Goffin and Tommy Robredo were among the first round victors.

On tap Wednesday, in addition to Federer, the hot-handed Andy Murray takes on Julien Benneteau, Stan Wawrinka duels Dominic Thiem, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meets Jurgen Melzer.

“It’s been a long few weeks, but it’s been very beneficial for me,” said Murray who has won three of his last five events. “We gained a lot of confidence in my body again from playing this many matches and from winning a lot of tough, long, close matches – especially in the finals, match points down. I have been fighting extremely hard in the matches and got some good results, so it’s been nice.”

Three players in the hunt for the last spot in London – Milos Raonic, David Ferrer and Grigor Dimitrov – are all on court tomorrow. Should Raonic or Dimitrov lose Wednesday they would be eliminated from the London race. Raonic has to stay a round ahead of Ferrer while Dimitrov must reach the semifinals.

WEDNESDAY PARIS INDOORS SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
D Thiem (AUT) vs [3] S Wawrinka (SUI)
R Gasquet (FRA) vs [11] R Bautista Agut (ESP)
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [8] A Murray (GBR)
J Chardy (FRA) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
Not Before 7:30 pm
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [PR] J Melzer (AUT)
Not Before 8:30 pm
G Monfils (FRA) vs [13] J Isner (USA)

COURT 1 start 10:30 am
[7] M Raonic (CAN) vs [Q] J Sock (USA)
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs D Goffin (BEL)
[Q] S Querrey (USA) vs [12] F Lopez (ESP)
[9] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs P Cuevas (URU)
[16] F Fognini (ITA) vs [Q] L Pouille (FRA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
T Robredo (ESP) vs [6] K Nishikori (JPN)


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68 Comments for Father Djokovic Rolls In Paris Opener; Federer, Murray In Action Wednesday

Okiegal Says:

Way to go Daddyeo!! Philip can be a formidable opponent at times, some times not! Good luck this week and don’t get dethroned……not good for your resume!!


Michael Says:

I am frankly surprised with the ease by which Novak was able to dismantle Kohlscrieber. I thought that this would prove to be a very tough match as we all know the superior quality of Kohlscrieber as a player. But Novak has come to this match with some great motivation, positive energy and the will to win. I hope he continues with this spirit in the days to come


Okiegal Says:

@Michael……I really thought Philip would give him more trouble, but Novak came in to win! I picked Fed but you can never count Novak out. I may have to get out the salt and pepper and eat my words!! Lol


Kewin Says:

Good Luck For Your Future Father Djokovic & Win More Matches.


Michael Says:

Okiegal @ 2.43 am,

Ofcourse Novak is down but not out. But still I do not want to count the chickens before they are hatched because it is hardly the second round of Paris Open and the goal post is still far away. Moreover, he has a lot to defend as he won both the Paris Masters as well as the World Tour Finals last year. But, Novak can draw some encouragement on the way he was able to thwart the challenge of Kohlschreiber in an emphatic fashion.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Great for Novak, great story to come win his first match in fatherhood, must feel incredible for him!

Some very nice match-ups on tap today!


Brando GOAT poster Says:

Just the kind of performance the doctor ordered from Nole: focused, engaged, professional, clinical and hungry. Fatherhood affecting performance? He’s dismissed that notion himself decisively. Rustiness? Does not seem to be much if at all. A few more matches-after all in MS level- and he’ll be match sharp. Great to see. Despite all the calculations the simple fact is: this YE race is on Nole’s racquet. He gives a similar performance in Paris and WTF like last years and he’ll reduce all the result as meaningless. Period. Good luck Nole and get that YE1!


the DA Says:

Andy took care of business once again, although Benny started dreadfully. Surprisingly, he didn’t seem too gassed. One more win and the deal is sealed for the WTF. 19 wins in 21 matches. Thank god there’s a break of a week this year. He’s going to need it.


FedExpress Says:

fed in all sorts of troubles against chardy

2-5 and cant read the serve of chardy at all

and doesnt win any baseline points

the surface does seem very slow

and fed is also moving slowly


Polo Says:

It looks like Federer wants to put an end to the discussion for the year number one ranking once and for all.


FedExpress Says:

fed has a habit to defend SPs and MPs this year


FedExpress Says:

chardy ball bashing


FedExpress Says:

WTF biggest miss on earth


FedExpress Says:

fed saves 4 set points wow


FedExpress Says:

fed breaks and will serve for the set

hahaha

one point away to be double break down and then 4 set points saved

cluctch this year


FedExpress Says:

and get broken back
wtf is happening

Tie break time


FedExpress Says:

where are the first serves


FedExpress Says:

2 Sps for fed

one wasted


skeezer Says:

Chard has been playing vey well as of late, not surprised here. Glad Fed fought back hard and got the first.


FedExpress Says:

fed wins first set Tie break after saving set points and getting broke by serving for it


Brando GOAT poster Says:

I predict Fed will not match his form in Shanghai and Basel here and WTF. Reason? Paris and WTF are actually pretty slow for Indoor courts and certainly slower than Shanghai and Basel. Fed excels on faster paced surfaces: Dubai, Cincy, Shanghai, Basel = comfortable wins. The slower paced surfaces, at this point in his career, are certainly a tougher out.


Margot Says:

@the DA
After Sunday think we deserved that :) Me oh my Dimi just served a bagel tho. Eek!
Lol Verdasco must be very popular in Paris, took out 3 Frenchmen in one day, dubs included there.
Saw a bit of Pouille, liked him very much.


django Says:

Seems like the French players fear Roger. How many have actually beat him?


skeezer Says:

@12:15 post
And I predict….you are wrong again. Paris and WTF are identical in surface/speed, where Fed historically has done pretty well.

Congrats on movin on Fed!


steve-o Says:

What’s this crap about fear? Chardy saved 2 MP like it was nothing and then won the second-set breaker, after being down a minibreak.


FedExpress Says:

Fed, plz dont lose another match after holding MPs, not against the same guy

fed break at the start


FedExpress Says:

after this match fed should withdrae from tourney if he wins

looks exhausted, how on earth will he be fit for WTF and DC?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

This is great tennis. I think this is a great example of the style of tennis Fed fans enjoy- what we like about Federer as viewers.


FedExpress Says:

these break points will come back haunting federer


FedExpress Says:

fed serving for the match

triple MPs

already 2 and half hours played


gannu Says:

that was a patchy and rusty play from feddy bear… guess he needs to get used to the court and the pace… he really needs to up his level incase he intends to contend for No 1 ranking


Brando GOAT poster Says:

2 and half hours added mileage for the 33 year old playing his 3rd event in 4 weeks.


Perfect fan Says:

I can’t believe fed got thru this….he was no where near the level he was at shanghai and basel, he was playing good only in patches and the first set win was rly crucial….on the other hand, chardy was very impressive, constantly hitting deeper returns to fed’s feet to extract errors. But what a choke by chardy at the finishing line in the first set. The way fed’s body language was in the first set, I was guessing a blow out of fed like 6-2 6-4.

Probably, its the slower courts that fed is having trouble adjusting to….having come fresh from the faster slick courts of shanghai and basel. I m simply amazed by the sight of players running down cross court shots at ease, without breaking a sweat. Sometimes the ball seems to float over the net.

After what I witnessed today, I dnt rly think fed can get thru raonic at this stage, unless this touch n go match fired him up. Moreover, fed seemed quite passive on court today….i rly hope its just a jet lag or something n nothing serious.


Brando GOAT poster Says:

@perfect fan: I agree about the performance and the court issue. But if he meets Raonic I see Fed winning. He’d have to be under par in order to lose to milos since Raonic isn’t really kicking up a storm with his tennis at the moment.


steve-o Says:

Relax, guys. It’s a first-round match against a very dangerous opponent. Give him another match to get settled and used to the pace of the courts before you start tearing your hair out.

Remember he saved 5 MPs in the first round in Shanghai and played fantastic tennis after that. Sometimes it’s tough in the early going.

And who says Raonic will make it through to face Federer? He’s still got one match to go to get there. For that matter, Federer does too. Next up is Pouille, whom I don’t think he’s played before. Presumably he has less firepower than Chardy, but one never knows on the day. Hope he can negotiate that one more easily than his first match.


Perfect fan Says:

@brando, very true. I understand fed has an edge over raonic on any surface, but my point was not that fed will particularly lose to raonic….rather he may even lose to pouille of france in his next match, who is playing quite superb for his ranking.

The point is, fed is not at all showing the zeal to be winning here….the motivation, the movement, the pace, everything was missing from his game today. Rather, he was lot lucky today, as chardy missed quite a handful of routine shots.

All I wanna say is, he better be geared up from now….or else, he vl be sent packing. even the courts are calling for the grinders. But the court speed is rly looking promising from nole’s perspective, I wud say.

I dnt rly see fed winning the title here, but I wish he at least reach the finals to keep the thrill n suspence alive on the YEN1.


Perfect fan Says:

@steve, I rly hope it turns out the same as you r implying. But fed has always been good on faster courts….which is quite typical of fed. It doesn’t take long for him to adjust his game thr.

But, on slower courts….(and this year at bercy, it looks excruciatingly slow)….he has his problems, particularly at this age. He is lil’ lucky though, as most of the grinders r on the opp. side of the draw. I dnt see him winning in tough rallies, at the business end of the tourney. Plus his S&V may not work that effectively here, to cut down the rallies.

I m hopeful though, that fed vl work out something to go deep here.


skeezer Says:

Wow,,,,, give Fedster a break here. First rd match and some are saying he is not playing well? Chardy just came off a fine run @ Valencia, getting got the Semi’s, and the guy isn’t ranked like 100+, he is in the top 30. Chard had something to do with it.
I would reserve judgement till after a few rounds, provided he gets there. It’s not uncommon for him to have patchy first rd whilst feeling out the conditions.


Hippy Chick Says:

Federer did enough to get through,he didnt play his best,but sometimes that happens,but great champions do what they have to do and find a way through….


Hippy Chick Says:

Really felt for Robredo,all those long matches finally catching up with him,hes played some great tennis just lately,after the win against Thiem he was struggling with an injury,so kudos to him for actually playing,Nishikori is an amazing talent,blasting winners all over the court,one of my new favorites,and im sure hes bound for big things….


Perfect fan Says:

hmmmm….perhaps, I seem to be the only pessimist fan of fed here.

Hoping fed to do the necessary adjustments to try n win in straights..to stay fresh till the semis or finals..try n keep the points short, though it might not be that easy.

On another note, some real thrillers are on the cards today…..i vl look for the murray-dimitrov (chapter-3) today. murray is 0-2 this year to dimi….i hope he turns it around this time.


madmax Says:

Perfect fan Says:
@steve, I rly hope it turns out the same as you r implying. But fed has always been good on faster courts….which is quite typical of fed. It doesn’t take long for him to adjust his game thr.

But, on slower courts….(and this year at bercy, it looks excruciatingly slow)….he has his problems, particularly at this age. He is lil’ lucky though, as most of the grinders r on the opp. side of the draw. I dnt see him winning in tough rallies, at the business end of the tourney. Plus his S&V may not work that effectively here, to cut down the rallies.

I m hopeful though, that fed vl work out something to go deep here.

October 29th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Perfect Fan, I really don’t think you can be talking about Fed’s age right now, except in the most positive of lights! Because of his age?

Because of his age, look how incredibly way he has done/is doing this year. He defies belief and gravity!

Well done for coming through the Chardy match. Chardy has, as Fed has said, always caused him some problems and with Chardy on home turf, I think that gave him extra impetus to get ahead. He almost did it, but…because of Fed’s age (!) Come on Perfect Fan!


skeezer Says:

And now a commercial break;

Giants win the World Series! Whoo hoo! Baseball rocks!

You may now resume your normal programming….
;)


Perfect fan Says:

@madmax, thanks for sharing….and I m equally happy for his success story this year. He has rly worked on his movement post the back injury last year, his new racquet which is giving him the much needed power and precision and he is playing with lot of confidence and enthusiasm compared to last year. Even he went for a change of coach at such a late age of 32, which tells a lot about his hunger for success and belief in himself that he could still win majors. This success story has rather made people talking about recently that why didn’t he tried this change earlier which could have earned him more success.

I never doubted fed’s ability or his fighting spirit at this age and I never meant to say that he may not succeed being in such old age….common, I dnt have to say anything. The results this year are saying themselves, speaking volumes of his determination and passion for the game. He has the max wins this year, most titles so far(tied with nole), shot at YEN1, DC, etc….all at the age of 33. Past champions n legends have already been awed with his revival this year. I can see this….the whole world is seeing this. So, I m no diff pal.

But what I meant in my last post is that….fed has played an incredible amount of matches this year at an incredible level, reached 10 finals so far….so thats HUGE. But he is not in 2006 as a 25 year old, that he could play on at such a high level tourney after tourney, year after year. At some point, he may have an off day or god forbid a niggle, we dnt know. My point was, we all know he plays effortless on faster courts with shorter rallies by implementing his superb net play. Remember, how he dismantled nole in shanghai this month. But the moment you come to play in slower courts, that liberty goes out. He has to hog the baseline most of the time as it could be suicidal approaching the net that frequently. The need to have higher percentage of first serves is very crucial here to have any chance to play aggresive n to approach the net.

So all I wanted to say is that fed need to raise his game to avoid getting worn out here….try n win in straights the initial rnd matches to stay fresh, try to cut down rallies and need to improve the break point conversion ratio. The longer he plays on court, with the masters being played on back to back days….could be detrimental for his YEN1 or say DC chances….my 2 cents!!


madmax Says:

Perfect fan!

Now why didn’t you say that in the first place! :)

He is playing well at the moment and I, too, think, ‘wow’. This is incredible stuff from the Fed, I just go with it and see how long the success will continue.

Surely, he will be tired by the time he reaches DC.


Okiegal Says:

Why would Fed have not made the racquet change a long time ago? Do any of his fans know? Did he ever say? Seems as though his followers thinks this has been a real boost for him. Not ever having played tennis, from what I’ve read, it is a big deal to make the change. Just wondering why he didn’t, you know, to keep up with everyone else. He is playing fabulously, but he always has for the most part….He had a low point but all athletes go through that at some point. His match against Chardy tested him but he hung tough. Being able to win break points has been his latest bane…..but he makes up for that with the rest of his game…..yeah, he’s still good at 33!


Hippy Chick Says:

Federe was asked in a presser,which he would prefer another GS or the number 1 ranking,to which he replied the number 1 ranking,i found that quite unusual,but i suppose number 1 ranking or another GS either way hes only surpassing his own records….


Daniel Says:

Perfect Fan

Masters is not back to back. They got a day in between. If Fed is lucky to pkay Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. He will play semis on Saturdat and finals on Sunday, with only 1 back to back match, semis and final. All of course assuming he qualifies. Even so, round robin is not brutal and with the amount of tennis he olayed latelly he hardly need prctice next week. Just fine tune a few issues and rest for London and DC.


Giles Says:

Not surprised he opted for the #1 ranking at this juncture. Winning a GS takes 2 weeks of hard work whereas now he is in this position of maybe stealing the #1 ranking due to Rafa’s misfortune with injuries and appendicitis.


Ben Pronin Says:

Not surprised Nadal opted out of so many hard court events. Appendicitis? Sure… More like afraid of losing to his main rivals itis.


Polo Says:

Ben Pronin, Nadal must be really stupid for scheduling surgery on Nov. 3 to have a healthy appendix removed. You know what could have been really devastating and embarrassing? That’s if Nadal plays against Federer and beats Roger, appendicitis, sore wrist, bad knees and all. Whatever happened to the simple, decent, “Good luck with your surgery”?


rogerafa Says:

# 1 ranking requires 52 weeks of hard work. Rafa reaps huge rewards with his unmatched method of physically and mentally wearing his opponents down and out. This grinding style is immensely successful on today’s slow courts but it also has consequences for his body and mind. There is no misfortune but calculated risk at play here. It is a clever strategy that protects his mental edge with the H2H built on the slow surfaces. He avoids the losses whenever he is not feeling good about joining the battle against his main rivals on the slightly faster surfaces. He just picks and chooses tournaments according to his form and confidence. One never sees him missing any tournament during the clay swing and his “injuries” are never a factor there. He is willing to disappear from the scene on other surfaces on the slightest pretext. Appendicitis could be termed unfortunate but almost all players have bad luck with health/fitness at some time or another during the season. It is just that they do not make such a big song and dance about it.


Giles Says:

@Polo. Well said. You are a true gentleman.


skeezer Says:

“….due to Rafa’s misfortune with injuries and appendicitis.”
Yep, everyone has accomplished all there titles and wins cause of Rafa’s misfortunes.


Giles Says:

Ben Pronin. You really are a piece of work. Were you ever taught any manners? Obviously not! Pfffffft!


Giles Says:

October 30th. 12 28 pm. Nailed it!!


rogerafa Says:

@ Polo

“You know what could have been really devastating and embarrassing? That’s if Nadal plays against Federer and beats Roger, appendicitis, sore wrist, bad knees and all.”

I think it is no longer as devastating or embarrassing. Rafa could be in the worst shape of his life and losing to all kinds of journeymen but he will most likely prevail against Roger even if Roger is in decent form. That match up is simply horrendous.

By the way, good luck to Rafa in case he does undergo surgery.


Giles Says:

rogerafa. Lol. I can assure you neither Rafa nor his fans are singing and dancing at the moment. I’m pretty sure we will though pretty soon.
Vamos Rafa!
Good luck with the op and a speedy recovery!


Ben Pronin Says:

Polo, I was obviously being facetious. Maybe reply to Giles’ stupid comment first.


skeezer Says:

“October 30th. 12 28 pm. Nailed it!!”
No, YOU nailed it! Lol.
That comment(11:04) was hilarious silly nonsense.
—–
Fed is not STEALING anything. He has earned his position in the rankings with hard work and wins. The rules and ranking system is there for a reason, and oh by the way, the players helped develop the ranking system.


rogerafa Says:

@ Giles

Yes, this part of the season has rarely been a time for singing and dancing for Rafa fans although if you had cared to read carefully, I meant something entirely different. You should choose your words carefully since everybody, including Rafa, has their fair share of good and bad fortune during their careers. I am sure Rafa fans will be singing and dancing very soon and I look forward to seeing Rafa at his best.


Polo Says:

I read Giles’ posts prior to Ben’s. It was indeed annoying from a Federer fan’s point of view. However, it was not totally without basis. Nadal has always been a thorn on Federer’s side and the presence of a Nadal without “injuries and appendicitis” will be a huge additional roadblock for Federer’s run to be ranked number one. Knowing that, I chose to let it pass.


skeezer Says:

@Polo,
Huge additional roadblock? Take in mind even if Rafa was playing doesn’t necessarily mean they will meet up all the time to make things difficult for each other. This season whilst Rafa was not injured how many times did he face Fed? He has to get through other opponents also, just like Fed.
It all goes into flowing water under a bridge anyhow….these comments are only “ifs”, and really don’t matter. Fed is showing up and playing, that is part of being better also. Can’t play, can’t win against anybody.


Polo Says:

All’s well, Skeezer. Federer has been playing very well and winning. When Federer is winning, that’s enough to make me happy. Agree with you, “ifs” don’t matter.


Giles Says:

My post October 30th 11 04 am Needs to be read very carefully by one poster in particular that suffers with lack of comprehension skills. He knows who he is! Read and re-read if necessary to understand my point. Good luck with that!


sienna Says:

what .. are you tokking bout jules?
crazy in the brain or what?


skeezer Says:

“now he is in this position of maybe stealing the #1 ranking due to Rafa’s misfortune with injuries and appendicitis.”

I understood it very well. And imo its not true, and an unfortunate thing to try to tell others. Look its a bummer Rafa is out, ok? But Fed is not stealing anything, and its not “DUE” to all of Rafa’s misfortunes.


Perfect fan Says:

@ Daniel Oct 30th 10:59 am,

Saying Masters in my last post, I meant the ATP 1000 tourneys and not the WTF per se.

I m aware that wtf schedule is always a comfy affair….with all seeds getting a rest day btwn matches.

But, thanks anyway for sharing…. :)

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