Preview: Gasquet, ATP Players on Hot Seat at Paris Masters
by Staff | October 26th, 2013, 7:45 pm

Paris, France; Surface: hard

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic, Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro, John Isner, Jerzy Janowicz, Gilles Simon, Fabio Fognini

Floaters: Dmitry Tursunov, Ernests Gulbis, Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Vasek Pospisil, Michael Llodra, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic

Notes: The final tournament of the year before the year-end championships…Three berths remain at the year-end championships with five players (as of Saturday) still in the running: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic…Federer will according to the ATP lock up a spot if he wins the Swiss Open on Sunday…The Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Nadal possibly starting against the indoor upset specialist Tursunov, (9) Gasquet vs. the Gulbis-Verdasco winner, (6) Berdych vs. the Monfils-Pospisil winner, (16) Fognini vs. the Llodra-Dimitrov winner, and (4) Del Potro possibly starting against the drug-cleared Cilic…Ferrer beat Janowicz in last year’s final…Nadal is trying to become the first player to win six Masters titles in the same year…Djokovic has won his last two titles entering the event…Returning former champs in the field are Ferrer (2012), Federer (2011), Djokovic (2009), Tsonga (2008), and Berdych (2005).


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12 Comments for Preview: Gasquet, ATP Players on Hot Seat at Paris Masters

The Great Davy Says:

How can this Nadal be in GOATbate if he cannot win Paris tournament like all-time greats as Berdych, Ferrer, and Your Great Davy?

metan Says:

Thank you staff, finally you put up a thread for Paris Master.

Hope Rafa can win this title, so I will be less worry for year end no. one and he will be relax when playing in WTF. Go Rafa!

Just funny, Roger will have a chance to face Delpo again in the quarter.:-)

Gordo Says:

Tough tasks for Gasquet, Tsonga and Raonic in the road to London as beating Rafa is what has to be done.

Gasquet and Tsonga meet in the 3rd round and the loser is out. The winner then faces Rafa in the quarters. A win gets whichever Frenchman it is into London’s final 8. If Rafa wins that match then whoever he beats (Gasquet or Tsonga) still will go to london, unless Raonic reaches the final, which he would do only by beating Rafa. And before that Raonic would have to dispatch Ferrer, so it looks good for the winner of Tsonga-Gasquet right now to grab the final spot in London.

By the way, should one of Gasquet or Tsonga beat Nadal then Raonic would have to win the tournament to get in to London.

Alexandra Says:

It’s not a must to win every masters event. Roger hasn’t won all masters events either. Nothing to do with your precious goat-debate. Has anyone won everything there is to win? I don’t think so.

WTF Says:

Good point Davy.

Patson Says:

@The Great Davy

I wholeheartedly agree with you. Btw, how’s Irina doing ? I have a crush on her :)

hawkeye Says:

Great Davy, if you played in a different era, you coulda been an indoor GOAT contender.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

The Great Davey on a good day,you were always capable of challenging the very best,but somehow you always flattered to decieve,Rafa is not the GOAT,but he is an all time great,only two men in history have more GS than he has,he has 13 GS,how many have you got?oh thats right you havent,so i doubt Rafa will be losing much sleep over his measily H2H against you,but you always have the loverly Irina to console,so all is not lost :))..

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Rafa will probably make history this year beating Noles 2011 year of the winning percentage of games played,although people can feel free to correct me if im wrong,he will probably surpass that now anyway in all likelihood, thats if he hasnt done already,if he were to win Paris he would be setting another record of 6 1000 masters in a year,and im sure he will be highly motivated to give the season one final push to win Paris or/and the WTF which he has never won before,still im a great believer in never has certainly doesnt mean never will so fingers crossed,HAVE YOU GOT THAT GILES/BRANDO IS THAT POSITIVE ENOUGH FOR YOU BOTH,FROM THIS SO CALLED APOLOGETIC RAFA FAN.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Just to add i am beyond delighted with Rafas achievements this year,winning clay titles is great dont get me wrong but neither here nor there really,it was way more satisfying as a fan to rack up some HC titles,the most special one was Cincy especially because it was a title he had never won before,Montreal and winning the USO were extra sweet too as he beat Nole twice on his best surface,sorry Courbon but have to say Vamos Rafa lol.

The Great Davy Says:

Irina need more jewelry and ‘bon bon’. Training hard for next season to finally take the CYGS. Eduard training deal-making skills. Will be good party in Australia.

Gordo Says:

Hey Tennis X Hippy Chic –

Rafa is right now in 6th place all time with his current percentage, for with 68 wins and 5 losses he stands at 93.2

And yes, he is ahead of Nole’s 2011 percentage, but if he loses 1 more match in Paris or London he will drop way down, percentage wise.

But let’s say for argument’s sake he wins all 5 matches in Paris and then sweeps the round robin, semis and final in London for a staggering 78-5 win-loss record and a winning percentage of 93.98. This percentage will put him in…


Behind –

1) McEnroe (1983): 82-3, 96.47%
2) Connors (1974): 93-4, 95.88%
3) Federer (2005): 81-4, 95.29%
4) Federer (2006): 92-5, 94.85%

I know a lot want to pretend these guys never had these years… But they did!

Oh – if Rafa loses 1 match and still has an awesome 77-6 record for the year? He’ll haves 92.77 winning percentage. This would be ahead of Nole’s 70-6, 92.11% best year.

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