Djokovic, Murray Open Play Wednesday At Paris Indoors; Berdych Escapes ATP Finals Elimination
by Staff | November 1st, 2016, 11:08 pm

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray begin their year-end No. 1 battle Wednesday in Paris when both make their debuts at the indoor event.

Djokovic, who leads by just 415 points in the ATP Race, will face Gilles Murray while Murray also meets a lefty in Fernando Verdasco. If Murray wins the title over someone other than Djokovic, Murray becomes the new No. 1 next Monday. Murray can also reach the final the Djokovic losing before the semifinals.

“It’s not in my control,” Murray said. “I can obviously try and win my matches, but even if I win all of my matches this week, I still might not get there.

“So it’s in Novak’s hands. He’s ahead obviously just now, so if he wins his matches and gets to the latter stages of the last two tournaments, then he’ll most likely keep the No. 1 spot.”

Muller is 9-35 lifetime against Top 10 opponents (2-4 this season). Djokovic is trying to post his 60th match win of the season and extend his streak to 10 consecutive years with 60 (or more) match wins. Murray has won 11 of 12 against Verdasco.

Also in action on a star-studded Thursday are Stan Wawrinka (Struff), Kei Nishikori (Troicki) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Ramos-Vinolas).

Earlier today, Tomas Berdych kept his ATP Finals hopes alive surviving a tough tussle from Joao Sousa 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Berdych will have to do well in Paris to have a shot at qualifying for London.

“My approach to [London] is very simple: I have to do well here. I have to play good tennis because if you don’t play your best, you don’t really deserve to be there,” said Berdych. “Luckily, I’m healthy and can play. Who would have said that I’d be answering questions about London when I was in the hospital in Cincinnati? This is a nice bonus.”

Fellow seeds Richard Gasquet, Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic were also winners, all without losing a set.

In the first round, Americans John Isner and Jack Sock both advanced. Isner will now meet David Ferrer, Sock gets Dominic Thiem.

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[5] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs V. Troicki (SRB)
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [11] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 19:30
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
Not Before 20:30
[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] J. Struff (GER)

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61 Comments for Djokovic, Murray Open Play Wednesday At Paris Indoors; Berdych Escapes ATP Finals Elimination

Farah Diba Says:

Good luck to both of this amazing Greats!

jane Says:

berdy’s apparently not too well, which is a shame.
raonic has a bum knee. not sure about kei.

fed and rafa are out – except for end of season exhos (shhhh….$$$).

novak’s going through a weird guru phase???


only andy seems dialed in right now.

not even thiem seems focused. the dude plays a big money exho and then crashes out when points are on the line. the sad thing is that his schedule for next year doesn’t suggest he’s had any epiphanies about how to pace himself.

so yeah: it’s really difficult to say what next year holds.

hope all yous t-x-ers are well.
happy all saints day
or hallowe’en hangover…

Van Persie Says:

Hi Jane,

Very pleased to “see” you again.:)

“novak’s going through a weird guru phase???

seriously. ” We’ll see the results today ;), “our boy” plays Gilles Murray today, according to the above article.

J-Kath Says:

Rebouting …lost connection

J-Kath Says:

Jane: Liked your shorthand info. news

Soon be Guy Fawkes Night UK – also in Canada?
Nick’s penalty reduced.
Jo Tsonga will be a father come April.

I’m guessing Nole’s motivation will be more from Andy’s challenge rather than the Guru’s hugs. His match will be “sold-out” today – physically and elsewhere.

Willow Says:

Congrats to JWT on impending fatherhood, im sure he will make a great daddy, his girlfriends gorgeous, and hes a looker, so im sure the kid will be beautiful, go Jo always did like him ….

Willow Says:

I Might be a bit mad myself, but i actually have alot of time for Nole and the way he leads his life in his spare time, i have more in common with him than any other player, tree hugging, walking barefoot on the ground, holistic therapy and medicine, the guru is getting him to be mindfull, and all about positive thinking ….

Giles Says:

^^^ Lol. And look where it’s got you?

J-Kath Says:

Yes, of course, Willow – forgot about that. For Andy’s sake let’s hope the “positive thinking” is a work in progress…..

Willow Says:

J-Kath lol ….

RZ Says:

And out goes Thiem to Jack Sock. Fingers crossed that he can still make it to the YEC (even though his 2nd half of the year has been forgettable).

Daniel Says:

Murray losing an unnecserray set. Have to go to a third with Nando.

Willow Says:

People forget Dasco although hes not the player he once was, hes a former top 10 player, when he shows up he can be dangerous ….

Willie Says:

We hope that Dokovic will stay at least for the next three years on top position – he deserves it more than any other player.

Willow Says:

Giles please no personal insults, its all in fun, dont take me too seriously ….

Willow Says:

Giles but FYI i lead a great life(granted its not everyones cup of tea), and have a great group of friends all over the country, and also a job i love, the only thing i want now is another GS and more career titles for Rafa ….

J-Kath Says:

Looks like Andy will need to wait for 2017 to take No. 1 position. Verdasco got the bit in his teeth.

RZ Says:

Checked in on the scores right as Murray won that 3rd set. March to #1 is still on for now…

@Daniel – Andy never makes it easy on himself (or his fans)

@Jane – nice to hear from you.

J-Kath Says:

Yep – this fan clutched crystals like crazy. If Andy has a nemesis outside the top 4 it is Verdasco – memories of Wimbledon when it took him 5 sets to buzz off that stalwart.
What does it say for the rest of tournament – apart from bone creaking tiredness? – not a lot…apart from opponents knowing he can’t possibly be as stubborn as a winter weed.

Giles Says:

Willow. Just teasing! :)

FedExpress Says:

verdasco has all the tools and the power but lacks tennis IQ and mental strength

Willow Says:

Giles thats OK ;-)) ….

J-Kath Says:


Nobody deserves anything that they don’t earn.

Willow Says:

Willie it doesnt work like that im afraid, you dont get what you deserve in this life, you get what you earn ….

Willow Says:

J-Kath seems we were typing together ….

Sorry Willie no disrespect meant by the way ….

Margot Says:

Jeez Louise, that was tough to watch.
In the first set I thought our Andy had been kidnapped and there was an imposter playing, one with an amazing FSP. But the kidnappers decided to return Andy in the second set and, gosh from thereon in…….
But a win is a win is a win…..

J-Kath Says:

Willow: As they say: “Great minds think alike” – if only it were true of me.

Margot: History records that the first battle is the worst – after that it gets…………… ?????

Willow Says:

Stan also losing second set that he had no buisness doing, even after having MPs ….

J-Kath Says:

My golly – come on Stan – Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party – the party is the status quo as it stands. Get your elbow out of your derriere. Don’t ask me for crystals – I’ve had to clutch hard for the Andy match! The law of averages won’t allow it twice in one night.

J-Kath Says:

My goodness – Stan is going out. Sad, sad, sad.

RZ Says:

@Jane – do you think Sock and Pospisil had some kind of falling out? Sock said he wasn’t going to play much doubles anymore to focus on singles, but he’s been playing a lot of doubles recently.

Danica Says:

If I may add, sometimes you don’t get what you earned either :)

J-Kath Says:

Danica – Philosophical – not sure it applies to tennis.

J-Kath Says:

Sorri to see U go, Stan. The other guy will go out next match.

RZ Says:

It was only a few weeks ago that Stan won the U.S. Open – that means he’s going to lose early for a while until he gets it together again.

Danica Says:

I think it does. I am not sure Nole earned USO finals, say. I’m happy he was there, but really…

I think it applies to all layers of life. But you’re right, let’s not get too philosophical ;)

Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to Mohammad Ali. His kid will be beautiful. I know that much.

Everyone is having kids :(

Jenny Shekersavva Says:

I just hope andy murray will become number one all the best no more comment for now

J-Kath Says:

To Jenny S.

U are not alone – C’mon Andy!

Willow Says:

J-Kath i think i might call time on this forum, theres no joy in posting anymore, i made a observation about a female players weight, not through malice merely objectively, and i was called a jealous shortass from a poster i used to get on pretty well with ….

J-Kath Says:

Willow – go to the other thread where I have posted on the subject.

Pamels Says:

Willow – We can’t control what others say hiding out behind their screens. I imagine the people that say nasty things to others are not happy with themselves. That was a mean and hateful thing and I’m sorry that happened to you. I don’t often post on here, but I do check in and always enjoy your comments. I hope you don’t leave this site for good. Have a lovely day from a tree hugger in Southern California

Danica Says:

And another one from the North California ;)

Willow Says:

Thankyou Pamels :-)) ….

J-Kath Says:

Wow, Andy, Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Willow Says:

Yeah amazing from Murray, he and Novak are really leaving nothing out there regarding the number 1 ranking, Murrays fighting tooth and nail to get it, and Noles fighting tooth and nail to keep it ….

J-Kath Says:

Willow: Tomorrow D-day? Poppies and all….well, maybe not yet.

RZ Says:

Hello to my fellow Californians Danica and Pamels (also a fellow tree-hugger). :-)

Wog Boy Says:

“-Kath i think i might call time on this forum, theres no joy in posting anymore, i made a observation about a female players weight, not through malice merely objectively, and i was called a jealous shortass from a poster i used to get on pretty well with ….”

You asked for it and dont cry foul now and ask for pity, you made your “observation” after I said she is good looking and cheeky (btw I saw her close up in Sydney and Melbourne) clearly referring to my post, and I told you what I think about your “observation”, as simple as that, you can’t go around with your “observations” after another posters and expecting to get away with it, this is forum, if you give it to someone you should be ready to take it and not to cry foul.

Willow Says:

Getting away with what ?, i wasnt trying to get away with anything !, and i wasnt asking for pity, i gave my opinion which i stand by, shes put on weight now and looks better for it, and good for her, and Danica actually agreed with me, but your the one that took it to a personal level and attacked me by calling me names, your one of the first to come forward and pull people to players to pieces if they look less than perfect, and FYI i seem to remember some of your fellow Nole fans coming forward and commenting on his weight and how thin he is, didnt notice that though did you ?, hmm go figure ….

Willow Says:

Read Danicas post @11.41 on the Novak everything thread, who agrees with me, and knows exactly what i was alluding to ….

J-Kath Says:

Oh Wogboy:

I felt like that about a couple of weeks ago – for different reasons – then I jumped in and out – not posting but comforting myself about how banal it all was – but really it was because of the subject matter and how righteous some people get. I think a lot was being said about Nick K. at that time and it seemed so OTT.

For me, some posters are too sickly sweet (and I feel very uncomfortable and often irritated)- I now tend to stick to joking (and hope I’m not over-doing it) e.g. Travis makes me laugh but sometimes is too sharp (with some people) that I can’t really support everything he says. Others, sometimes lack self-confidence and affirmation.

When two posters end up rubbing each other up the wrong way when neither really intends to – it is best to ignore it. It’s best to answer in a general way without specifying by name – then if it continues – ignore it…by then a variety of views may be out there and who may have added to the “debate” or clearly taken sides.

It would be a loss if you left. Your posts are highly valued even if sometimes you, like all of us, can be a tad too passionate – as we all can when in defence of our favourite tennis player. E.g. didn’t Andy do really well this evening.!!!! Ahem, ahem!

Wog Boy Says:

How I can get personal and insult somebody that I don’t even know how she looks like?
My “shortass” comment was generalizing usual suspects who are jealous on long legged women, nothing new here and I stand by it same as I stand by that you asked for it and don’t make up things come up with that rubbish that I am pulling somebody to pieces because of their looks unless you can back it up with my comment. I noticed you hate Sharapova too another long legged beauty .

Willow Says:

I Dont hate Sharapova, ive said numerous times how beautiful she is, im just not keen on the gamesmanship, and i do think she got of quite lightly with the doping thing, theres alot of beautiful players out there so i dont believe she has the monopoly thats all, and this is coming from someone who always said she was icy and thought she was overated looks wise, and also has insulted a good looking guy that gets chosen to do an underwear commercial, have to ask does that make you a jealous man then ?, but again you take it to a personal level, but feel free to insult me if it makes you feel better, i dont care, it says more about you than me ….

Willow Says:

And i repeat Danica agreed with me, so is she a jealous shortass too, the lovely Danica, one of the nicest fans on this forum, and a fellow Novak fan ? ….

Willow Says:

I get moderated for sticking up for myself and yet he doesnt ….

J-Kath Says:

Wogboy @ 4.04pm

My apologies. I thought you were addressing me – your text started with “Kath”.


I tried to use humour to diffuse what was building between you and Wogboy during today, including saying I was deformed.

To both of you, I apologise again. I shan’t comment on your comments to each other again.

Willow Says:

J-Kath i have no issue with you, to be honest i regret the whole thing now, i made a comment that rather escalated, i dont want to be at war with anyone, i think ill stick to talking tennis and leave out comments on players looks, private lives ….

Berghain Says:

@Wogboy I agree on all accounts. She is hot.
Willow sounds like crooked Hillary trying to talk herself out of this one:”if she was a girl walking the streets i would be wondering if she had an eating disorder”,
“i didn’t attack her personally, what i said was merely objective”, “its just i did think she was thin some years ago”.

Any “objective” analysis will reach the same conclusion -Which is why it needs no mentioning.

Willow Says:

Berghain i suggest you read Danicas post on the other thread ….

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