September 29th, 2013
Notes: Andy Murray pulled from the event (back surgery)…Some opening-round testers with (1) Del Potro vs. Baghdatis, (4) Nishikori vs. Tuna Melzer, and (2) Tsonga vs. Gael Force in an all-French affair…Simon and Almagro have losing career records at the event, while Anderson makes his debut…Wildcards went to Del Potro and Japan’s Tatsuma Ito, Go Soeda, and Yuichi Sugita…Nishikori beat Raonic in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Nishikori (2012) and Tsonga (2009).
October 30th, 2010
Notes: The world No. 2 Federer heads a loaded field, looking to take the homecountry title he lost to Djokovic in the 2009 final; openers of interest are (4) Roddick vs. Querrey in an all-American, (7) Ljubicic vs. the hot-handed Mayer, (8) Isner vs. Llodra, and (2) Djokovic vs. Gulbis; Berdych is at a career-high No. 6, but hasn’t won a title this year and is looking at Gasquet 2nd rd.; Roddick needs a good result to help reach the year-end Masters…
October 3rd, 2010
Lots of dangerous floaters in Beijing, with first-round matches of interest including Fish vs. Tipsarevic (winner to face (1) Djokovic), (6) Verdasco vs. Kohlschreiber (winner to face (WC) Isner), (3) Soderling vs. Robredo, (7) Youzhny vs. Ljubicic, and (2) Murray facing a qualifying-tested Mathieu.