Finding himself behind Marin Cilic for the final spot at the ATP Finals later this month, Tomas Berdych opens play Tuesday at the Paris Indoors against Joao Sousa.
The Paris Indoors is the only career Masters title Berdych has won, that all the way back in 2005 when he beat Ivan Ljubicic in five sets.
Also on tap on the final Tuesday of the ATP regular season, Grigor Dimitrov takes on former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, Milos Raonic takes on Pablo Carreno Busta and John Isner clashes with the surging Mischa Zverev.
French favorites Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Andrian Mannarino are also on court.
Earlier today the French also struggled. In first round play Baghdatis bounced Paul-Henri Mathieu, Paolo Lorenzi upset Benoit Paire while Gilles Simon advanced over Julien Benneteau.
Also, Carreno Busta ended Fabio Fognini’s 2016 season and Steve Johnson beat Guido Pella. Fernando Verdasco also advanced, he’ll now meet Novak Djokovic on Wednesday.
And Djokovic fell in doubles today teaming with Zimonjic in a loss to Frenchmen Halys and Mannarino.
TUESDAY PARIS INDOOR SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
N. Mahut (FRA) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
 T. Berdych (CZE) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs  M. Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 19:30
 R. Gasquet (FRA) vs S. Johnson (USA)
Not Before 20:30
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs  G. Dimitrov (BUL)
COURT 1 start 11:00 am
M. Zverev (GER) vs J. Isner (USA)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs [WC] A. Mannarino (FRA)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs J. Sock (USA)
[Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)
N. Almagro (ESP) vs G. Muller (LUX)
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