Djokovic Strong in ATP Paris Opener; All-Star Line-Up on Thursday
by Staff | November 3rd, 2016, 6:54 am
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Novak Djokovic needs to reach the final this week at the Paris Masters to guarantee keeping No. 2 Andy Murray at bay and to hold on to the No. 1 ranking, if the Brit does not lose before the final.


On Wednesday Djokovic started his Paris campaign successfully, negating the big serving of Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with No. 14 seed Grigor Dimitrov.

“Not an easy opponent because he serves and volleys, and I found the conditions quite quick,” the three-time defending champ Djokovic said of Muller. “I think I managed to find the right rhythm, right pace from the very beginning…I was quite pleased with my serve. I think I got a lot of free points there. It was quite a good performance.”

It increased Djokovic’s current win streak to 16 matches.

“My attention is on playing match after match and putting quality and value into my game,” Djokovic said. “I know that if that’s the case, then I can challenge anybody in the world on any surface and in any conditions.”

Djokovic leads Dimitrov 5-1 in their head-to-head, but the two haven’t faced each other in more than two years.

“He can hurt anybody with his big serve and forehand,” Djokovic said. “I’m sure he’s going to be very motivated to play well tomorrow.”

Murray for his part had to work harder in defeating unseeded Spaniard Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-5.

Unseeded Jack Sock, John Isner, Jan-Lennard Struff and Gilles Simon were the upset-makers on Wednesday.

The American Sock ousted No. 6 Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-4, while the American Isner eeked-out a 7-6(4), 7-6(4) win over No. 15 David Ferrer. The Frenchman Simon stopped No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(6), ending his hopes of qualifying for the year-end championships. Struff upset No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the day’s final match 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(1).

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 5 Kei Nishikori defeating Viktor Troicki 6-2, 7-5; No. 8 David Goffin edging Nicolas Mahut 7-6(5), 6-3; No. 9 Marin Cilic out-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6(7), 6-2; No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeating Al Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4; No. 13 Lucas Pouille coming from a set down to beat Feliciano Lopez 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-4; and No. 16 Pablo Cuevas topping Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-2.

Cilic will next face Goffin, with the Belgian’s year-end qualifying chances on the line.

“David has been playing very well this season,” Cilic said. “We just played in Tokyo and it was a tough match. It’s a battle now between me, him, Berdych and Tsonga. I’m just hoping to continue with my good tennis and find a good way to play him this time.”

Thursday’s line-up in Paris is (8) Goffin vs. (9) Cilic, (12) Richard Gasquet vs. Sock, (1) Djokovic vs. (14) Dimitrov, (2) Murray vs. (13) Pouille, (5) Nishikori vs. (11) Tsonga, (7) Berdych vs. Simon, (4) Milos Raonic vs. (16) Cuevas, and (Q) Struff vs. Isner.


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48 Comments for Djokovic Strong in ATP Paris Opener; All-Star Line-Up on Thursday

Farah Diba Says:

Novak vs Dimi sure gonna produce some firecracker in their match,Some incredible gets from the great sliders,some amazing passing winners,some mind blowing backhanded and many more..But i don’t think Dimi can hurt Novak much in the end.C’mon guys!Bring it on!!


Alan Says:

Fact check time: as natural it is to hear the phrase “Djokovic’s current win streak”, he is not on one. He lost the last match he played before this one, at Shanghai.


Farah Diba Says:

Oopps..sorry,forgot to add..Andy vs Lucas also going to be very intriguing.Hope Andy can adjust better on court today,make himself more comfortable..based on his analysis after the match,Lucas game a little bit similar to Verdasco,big forehand,big 1st serve,also quick on court.Hope Andy can handle Lucas much better than Verdasco..C’Mon Andy!!


Van Persie Says:

Alan,

I guess it is about the current win streak at Paris Bercy, he won it 3 times in a row.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Good one.


Van Persie Says:

Thanks, WB.
Well, our guy has a record here :D
BTW, am a bit nervous about his match with Dimi. We’ll see.


Daniel Says:

Wasn’t able to wath Djoko play but this is good news. Next Dimi and than Cilic (who won battle of finals spots with Goffin). Now the last two spots are between Thiem (who also lost and I wish wouldn’t qualify at this point, he seems spent and losing to everybody: he will be punching bag in London), Berdych, Cilic and Jo. Jo has to win the title to have a chance, long shot.

Cilic seems a safe bet and Berdych will have to reach semis.

Murray survive a scare yesterday, was able to warch last tow sets and Verdasco was hitting well, but at the end he has his famous walkabouts and played a horrible game down 5-6 after having 15-40 BP on 5-5. Classic mental collpase from him.
Hope this long match won’t hurt Murray long term.


Van Persie Says:

Yep, Cilic won today. Should Nole win today, it will be probably a big battle tomorrow. Marin will try to score his first win against Djoko.


J-Kath Says:

Yes VP, Cilic vs. Nole will be a key match.


J-Kath Says:

PS to Daniel: Cilic is now confirmed for London.


Willow Says:

Two years ago when Cilic played in London he was whitewashed, i dont expect him to get whitewashed this time, but i doubt he will make much of an impression either, from the jealous shortass ….


Willow Says:

And i hope Novak beats him ….


Danica Says:

Me too Willow ;)


Farah Diba Says:

Bravo Nole for 2 seconds entertainment!


Daniel Says:

Dimi will serve for first set. Yellow light😳


Daniel Says:

Yes J-Kath, last spot will be decided in bottom half of deaw, Beedych will have to win today and beat Murray to reach semis and Tsonga will have to win the title. Basically if one of them wants the spot they will have to beat Murray (who is the in form player), otherwise Thiem gets in.

Also want to know if Monfils will play London, don’t know if he is injured out of Paris or just to get more time to recovery.

Dimi close first set. Djoko will have to work it to get the win today. Dimi can also always choke a bit if he gest close to acrually beating Djoko.


J-Kath Says:

Daniel: Nole went thru the red. He may race on green for the rest of the match.

Willow: U feeling OK now?


J-Kath Says:

Daniel

Monfils is planning to go to London…so doubt he’s injured.


FedExpress Says:

how mentally weak are these new generation players.

dimi got broken from 40-15 up and nole didnt have to work for that


Daniel Says:

Novak a break up already. Wish I could watch, long time don’5 see him hit a ball. Hope he wins and advance to weekend.


Daniel Says:

Order restored, Novak breaking to close second set, hold and already BP third set


Van Persie Says:

I came home, only when the 1 set stardet. What happened in the 1 set?


Van Persie Says:

I meant, arrived , when the 3 started


FedExpress Says:

just retire dimitrov. you mental garbage!


Van Persie Says:

Lots of UE from Dimi in the 3


Van Persie Says:

Well done, Djoko. A win is a win.

Cilic tomorrow. Nole idemooo!


Willow Says:

J-Kath yeah cheers ;-)) ….


Willow Says:

Again Fedexpress i tend to agree, im not having a go at Novak (YAWN) before anybody starts *ROLLS EYES*, and this is an overall generalisation but when are these players going to step up to the challenge ?, theres certainly alot of talent out there no question, but they are so mentally fragile when facing a top player, Dimitrov, Thiem where to start ? ….


Khb Says:

The so-called #1 hewitt & Roddick rarely were competitive in 2004-2012.
Dimitrov & Thiem can actually volley & move.


J-Kath Says:

Not sure what is expected in each thread – so again – WOW ANDY WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


FedExpress Says:

hahaha good joke khb


Willow Says:

J-Kath lol, sometimes its the writer, sometimes its the reader, sometimes its both, people sometimes choose to interpret things their own way, and dont care to even listen when you try to put your point across …


J-Kath Says:

Willow: I didn’t want to intrude on Nole’s thread – but as there wasn’t one for Andy — I got bold. Cheers. K.


RZ Says:

Yay for a quick victory for Andy. The march to #1 is still on.

@Daniel – I think Monfils sat out Paris to be ready for London. But he’s another injury prone player so it could be more than that.

@FedExpress – I get broken from 40-15 up all the time. :-(


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Monfils said he would be playing London.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – good! I thought his withdrawal this week was precautionary. I’m glad he’s playing.


Margot Says:

Much better from Andy! Nice and quick!
C’mon!


FedExpress Says:

nishi you bloody choker

2 MPs at 40-15. serving for the match. 40-40. 2 DFs to gift the break back


FedExpress Says:

if nishi only had a proper serve


FedExpress Says:

no words for nishi.

there were times where he had a phenomanal 3 set decider record. now he has become a choker.


Farah Diba Says:

Based on Andy’s result,i only can say..Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho..
Guess he’s much comfortable on court today then..
To ALL Andy fans..”Don’t stop believin’”…
Here’s for you guys..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6INAvfwazW4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ET1rIh7i4


RZ Says:

Tsonga stays in the hunt for that last spot in London. Looks like Berydch is staying in the hunt too. All Thiem can do is sit and wait.


Danica Says:

Bagel for the French? Wow, that must have been powerful tennis. Unfortunately, I can only follow the live score but this match seems to be over in a sec.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings. For the first time, I’m actually dreading Nole playing Cilic.


Humble Rafa Says:

They should just give the Sock Man a grand slam title for sportsmanship.

Better than nothing for American tennis.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am not a native speaker, obviously. Anyone know what “Landing” means on the ATP home page?


Skeezer Says:

HR,
How is the fishing? They have an award for that?
#lifeontheboat


Margot Says:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_pWOm31lR0

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous from the maestro who is Andy Murray.

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