Nadal Gets Thru Wawrinka, Djokovic To Meet Tsitsipas At Paris Masters
by Staff | October 31st, 2019, 7:52 pm
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The battle for No. 1 ramps up at the Paris Masters where Novak Djokovic is fighting hard to track down Rafael Nadal. But both advanced.

Djokovic overwhelmed Kyle Edmund 7-6(7), 6-1 for his 50th win of the year.

“I was feeling energy-wise better and felt more alert, just more strength, more energy, more speed. I didn’t play so well, I think, from baseline in the first set. I served well. That got me to the tie-break,” Djokovic said.

“Second set was the best set I’ve played so far in the tournament. Finished off with a winner, finished off with amazing return game. So of course the sensation is very positive. And I’m convinced that I’m headed in the right direction so that tomorrow will be even better.”

The victory puts Djokovic in the quarterfinals against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek ended the hopes of Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4.

“Obviously he’s one of the best players in the world. He’s already an established player. He’s all-around player, plays very well on all surfaces,” said Djokovic who lost to Tsitsipas in Shanghai.

Nadal won his 19th in 22 tries over Stan Wawrinka with a convincing 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Swiss.

“My serve worked well and the volley, too. I have been going to the net a couple of times, serve and volley. I think I have been focused and tried to hold the serve during the whole time,” said Nadal, who won all 10 of his net points.

“I think my game worked well. On the return today, was a little bit difficult. I think I didn’t return as well as I was doing previous days… But it’s true that Stan always has a good serve and difficult to read. So an important victory for me, honestly, against a tough opponent again.”

Nadal now meets home favorite and former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after the Frenchman saved two match points in a win over beat Jan-Lennard Struff 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).

“These matches make you improve. When you play the best, it’s always beneficial and it’s not important whether you win or lose. When you play Rafa in the first round, it’s a problem. If you play Rafa in the quarter-finals, it’s normal,” Tsonga said. “Of course, it’s better for me to meet Rafa in quarter-finals after having played a few matches rather than during the first round.”

Nadal leads 9-4 over Tsonga.

Also, Gael Monfils moved to within one win of returning to the ATP Finals after beating Radu Albot 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. If Monfils beats Denis Shapovalov in his quarterfinal tomorrow, he’ll overtake Matteo Berrettini for the last spot in London.

Grigor Dimitrov dominated Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2. He’ll get Cristian Garin who ousted Jeremy Chardy in three sets.

FRIDAY PARIS INDOORS SCHEDULE
Court Central Starts At 2:00pm
Cristian Garin v Grigor Dimitrov
(1) Novak DjokovicV v (7) Stefanos Tsitsipas
Not Before 7:30 Pm
Denis Shapovalov v (13) Gael Monfils
Not Before 8:30 Pm
(WC) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v (2) Rafael Nadal


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20 Comments for Nadal Gets Thru Wawrinka, Djokovic To Meet Tsitsipas At Paris Masters

Wog Boy Says:

Tsitsipas in two, easy.


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: I’ll bet against U this time. The Djoko will find a bit of determination and will bring it on.


Ronn Says:

Wogboy. Easily? Are you serious? If anything, he wins in 2 tight sets but that’s only if Djoko is playing well below his normal level. You are an enigma. Sometimes you support Djoko and sometimes you seem to dislike him. Why do you have a love-hate relationship with Djoko?


Van Persie Says:

Finally, I got the chance to watch a temmis match. Nole on firr atm, but he was so unpredictable lately… hope he will keep it up.

Ronn,

Love-hate relationship is working when someone cares 😁.

I have to admit, I did not expect Nole to dominate like in 2015, but he wasted some good opportunities this season, so was a bit disapointed myself.


Van Persie Says:

Nole did not win a Master title since Madrid, hope he gets it done in Paris.


skeezer Says:

“Tsitsipas in two, easy.”
HaHaHaHoHoHo.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Honestly, I saw a bit of Nole’s first match in Paris, and he played really bad, with lots of errors, so today’s match is a surprise for me.
I only did not post my prediction here, but I was afraid myself, Nole might lose easily..


Van Persie Says:

JK,

Delayed congrats for Andy’s comeback.🥂
I did not watch a lot of tennis lately, but did read the news


Dave Says:

The Fire was fully burning today for DJokovic. 58 Minutes of dominance today. Wow.


Giles Says:

The faker is at it again! Ill? Really?


Wog Boy Says:

Ronn,
😉


Dave Says:

@Giles

It’s sounds like you didn’t hear his voice in the interview after the win yesterday. He could barely talk.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
I’ve seen that one and my first thought was last year Paris. He did sound like me after big night out:

https://youtu.be/kzKlvKHgUBw


Dave Says:

WogBoy,

I also noticed that he was sweating quite a bit, which makes no sense for an indoor match, hence getting over the fever.


j-kath Says:

Van Persie: Good to hear from you and taa for Andy remark.
Wogboy: Hey dude, I was right….congrats anyway to Nole.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
You are always right, you can’t beat female instinct.

Good to see Andy back, happy and performing well.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
You are right.


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: The only thing that hits me as odd is Nole’s neck – it’s usually women who get scraggy necks and then only when they are much older than Nole – and why usually women? Not sure, but wonder if men are somewhat protected by “Adam’s apple”?

Yep, at least wee Andy is enjoying tennis again – his third child due any minute…..I’m betting it is another girl….must be something to do with the Scottish climate – my father had 4 girls and none of the “weaker” sex…..ho, ho, ho, ho.


Giles Says:

Dave. My heart bleeds. Poor sick joker!


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
It must be vegan thing, I mean Nole’s neck;)


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