Djokovic Opens With Win In Paris; Federer, Nadal Wednesday
by Staff | October 30th, 2018, 10:14 pm

Novak Djokovic opened play at the Paris Masters with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Joao Sousa of Portugal.

“In the important moments, I managed to get the right shots in play. Not 100 percent pleased with my game, I missed a lot of shots from the back of the court,” Djokovic said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the first match, so it takes a bit of time to adjust.”

The win was Djokovic’s 19th straight, and puts pressure on Rafael Nadal in the chase for No. 1. If Nadal loses his first match tomorrow against Fernando Verdasco, the Serb will go to No. 1 on Monday (the player who goes the furthest between the two will be No. 1 next week).

Fourteen seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was an upset victim to Damir Dzhumer and Marin Cilic advanced over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

In a nailbiter, former finalist Milos Raonic ended French favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s 2018 season, beating the 2008 champion 6-7(4), 7-6(50, 7-6(5).

Gilles Simon also beat countryman Lucas Pouille.

Also tomorrow, Roger Federer begins play against Raonic. Federer leads the Canadian 11-3 winning the last two. Alexander Zverev faces Frances Tiafoe and Simon moves on to take on Dominic Thiem.

Court Central 11:00 Am
Adrian Mannarino v 10 Kei Nishikori
4 Alexander Zverev v Frances Tiafoe
Richard Gasquet v 16 Jack Sock
1 Rafael Nadal v Fernando Verdasco

Not Before 7:30 Pm
Milos Raonic v 3 Roger Federer
Not Before 8:30 Pm
Gilles Simon v 6 Dominic Thiem

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19 Comments for Djokovic Opens With Win In Paris; Federer, Nadal Wednesday

Humble Rafa Says:

Clearly Canadiavic’s match didn’t go to 50 points in the 2nd set tie break as the Staff notes here. It’s only a typo. They didn’t call this a WTA tournament, so I give them credit.

Wog Boy Says:

Who is “Dzhumer”?

FedExpress Says:

Once a mug, always a mug. Dimitrov.

FedExpress Says:

Double break up in the 2nd set but Dimitrov gifts all 2 breaks back.

skeezer Says:

No Fed or Nadal match. Roanic injury, Rafa feeling “something”. Both out.

Congrats Novak new #1.

FedExpress Says:

2 Walkovers (for Fed and Fognini) and one cancled match.

what a day.

FedExpress Says:

Means Nadal cant be the YE No 1 without Noles help. And he would need plenty of that.

Felipe Says:

And here is one of the reasons for Nadal’s higher winning %….for him, mentally, is better quitting than losing. In his mind, for sure, the injuries and time off took away the number one, not Djokovic, cause he retired at the usopen, could not play the aian swing and now he “felt something that could have an impact in the future”….so he can say “i played only 9 tournaments, and in two of them i have to retire midmatch…so in fact i have only lost 2 matches all year, to thiem (madrid) and djokovic (wimbledon), no?”. It will be no surprise that later this week the team will announce another “no showing” at the WTF.

Daniel Says:

Wow, what a topsy turvy day!

First Raonic out injured giving Fed a walkover to R16 (less 1 match to play this week, he thanks it very much). Now Nadal out with abdomen injury.

Will Nadal play WTF now? If not, the potential semis between Djoko and Fed can determine Year End #1.

1 – IF Fed Beats Djoko he prevents Djoko from gaining more points (360 semis). Fed will have to win Paris and London and Djoko only winning 1 match in London for him to be #1. Or, if Djoko loses early in Paris, before semis, than Djoko can win maximum 2 matches in London.

2 – If Djoko beats Fed, even if he doesn’t win Paris but making finals, Fed will no longer catch him even with London undefeated 1.500 pts. Only one who could catch Djoko in London would be Nadal, that if he plays. Nadal would have to gain 600 pts more than Djoko in London.

3 – If Djoko wins Paris, Nadal would have to win 1000 pts more than Djoko. Meaning if Djoko wins his group (3 matches= 600 pts) he gets #1, without having to count on semis or finals. Or if he loses 1 rubber, and reach finals he gets 800 pts and #1 as well.

Meaning, Fedal will have to cheer on Djoko losing as leary as possible on Paris for them to have a chance at #1 in London. Fed depends heavily on Paris, minimum Finals and if he loses title Djoko would have to not win a single match in WTF (impossible) and Nadal only 1 match.

For Djoko now, he can pretty much close #1 here in Paris, win the title and he goes to London with less effort to seal the deal.

Djoko already will be back to #1 ATP ranking Monday nov 5th for week at least.

Daniel Says:

Nadal only played 1 HC Masters, which he won (Canada), out of 6. Hard to be #1 this way missing 5 1.000 pts tourneys (5.000 pts missed). Similar for Fed who missed 3 clay Masters plus Canada and RG (6.000 pts missed).

Humble Rafa Says:

Sucks to be injured. But I have had a successful season. Good things to take in.

Margot Says:

Congrats to Nole and his fans.
Hugs to AM and other Rafa fans on here. Andy’s fans feel your pain.:(

J-Kath Says:

My goodness – what a rash of injuries….really upsetting for fans and players alike…kudos to Daniel for his calculations – can’t have been easy.

chris ford1 Says:

I think Nads is done for the year. He hates indoor play. Be asking a lot for him to try the O2 when he hasn’t played since the USO, and it is another indoor venue. Except he ought to be around Dec 22 for the lucrative exo with Djokovic in KSA.

Novak, back in the saddle again! Same with Marian. Might be another long time at #1, as Djokovic has squat in points to defend until Wimbledon, and he is a hungry wolf once more, Pepe’s sappy hearts&hugs discarded.

It does set up Fed with a shot, a small shot, but a shot at stealing #1 from Nole and going to 7-5 over Novak if he wins the ATP championships – another year end #1 – if this doubtful scenario plays out. But wouldn’t that be glorious for Fed and his fans as a last hurrah!!
I just don’t think Feds level of play can match Djokovic’s at the moment. One huge upset maybe, but not two.

Back in 2007 I added Djokovic as a player I was going to root for – talent from God though ‘delicate’, smart, funny, had everything. The year after I added Delpo. Then in 2010 I added Cilic. All 3 have delivered, though Djokovic exceeded my wildest hopes. All made the top 5, all won Slams. In 2012 I added Milos Raonic, predicting he would win Wimbledon one day. But I have now soured on Raonic – the only champion he will ever be is of injuries that stop him that other players would gut out if they could play (see Delpo, Fed with his back issues) I am abandoning the wuss – Kicking the Canuck to the curb.

Been a long time since I rooted for a WTA player. That was Hingis, who I loved watching play and construct points. Never had any attraction to the 3 amazons – Serena, Venus and Maria – and their shrieking, lack of finesse – power games. And except for Henin, the others were mental midgets or just didn’t have the talent level to compete with the amazons.

RZ Says:

Daniel – thanks for the breakdown. Djokovic has his mojo back. No stopping him in the short-term. Amazing 2nd half of the year and a well-deserved return to #1.

Shame that Rafa is injured. Hopefully he can play London.

RZ Says:

BTW, there are rumors that JMDP is not playing London. Nothing confirmed yet that I know of. Could be that all 4 guys vying for the last 2 WTF spots may end up playing.

AndyMira Says:

Thanks M!…Hugs back!

And much congrats to Nole & his fans for being No 1 again….

Margot Says:

RZ: I thought JMDP was out for at least 4 months.

Humble Rafa Says:

Japanese people are good at Math. Not all surprised that Daniel has figured out the math.

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