|Posted on November 10, 2010 at 11:53 AM|
Thursday’s third-round play at the BNP Paribas Masters looms as a critical day in the battle for the final three singles places at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Order of Play – Thursday, November 11, 2010
CENTRAL COURT Matches Start At: 10:30 am
Andy RODDICK (USA) vs Ernests GULBIS (LAT)
Gael MONFILS (FRA) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
Michael LLODRA (FRA) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)
Not Before 7:30 PM
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Radek STEPANEK (CZE)
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Marin CILIC (CRO)
London Battle Reaches Climax In Paris
by ATP Staff | 10.11.2010
Thursday’s third-round play at the BNP Paribas Masters looms as a critical day in the battle for the final three singles places at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Should Fernando Verdasco and Jurgen Melzer, Nos. 9 and 11 respectively in the year-to-date ATP Rankings, both lose, then the battle is over and Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Andy Roddick will qualify.
Melzer, who must win his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title just to have a chance of making it to London, faces a do-or-die battle with No. 7 Ferrer, who survived a third-set tie-break to beat Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini en route to the third round.
Verdasco, who must reach the quarter-finals to have a chance of qualifying, faces a difficult third-round meeting with Frenchman Gael Monfils.
No. 6 Berdych, looking to qualify for the season finale for the first time in his career, faces the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champion Nikolay Davydenko Thursday.
Roddick, attempting to qualify for the eighth straight year, faces Ernest Gulbis, with the winner possibly facing Soderling in the quarter-finals.
The round of 16 line-up at the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday features 12 of the top 13 seeds. The outstanding remaining field includes 14 winners on the ATP World Tour this season. There are five players left battling for the three remaining spots for the year-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Today on Central Court, fourth up is a battle between former tournament winners No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych and No. 10 Nikolay Davydenko. Berdych won the title in 2005 and Davydenko captured the title the following year. The Russian owns a commanding 8-1 head-to-head advantage but Berdych won the last match at Wimbledon last year.
• The 25-year-old Czech Republic native is making his sixth straight appearance in Bercy (13-4 mark) and five years ago he made his debut ranked No. 50 and captured the title, defeating No. 10-ranked Ivan Ljubicic in a five-set final...Along the way he beat No. 7 Coria in 2nd Rd., No. 19 Ferrero in 3rd Rd., No. 11 Gaudio in QF and No. 14 Stepanek in SF….On Tuesday opened with a 63 61 over Florent Serra
• In 2006, he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Hrbaty) and then lost in the third round in 2007 (l. to No. 6 Ferrer) and '08 (l. to No. 6 Davydenko)...Last year ranked No. 20 and lost to Robredo in the 2nd Rd.
F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Roddick); Wimbledon (l Nadal); SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); Roland Garros (l Soderling); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); Munich (l Petzschner); Washington (l Malisse); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Federer); Kuala Lumpur (l Ferrer)
2010 in Review:
• The Czech Republic native has reached the quarter-finals or better 11 times this season and he advanced to his first Grand Slam final (l. to Nadal) at Wimbledon on July 4…He is only player in Top 10 yet to win an ATP World Tour title this year (0-2 in finals)…Has been ranked No. 6 since Oct. 18
• Has a 44-23 match record on the season, including 24-18 on hard courts…He is No. 6 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP points standings and trying to secure one of the three remaining spots for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London
• He also advanced to final at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Roddick) in April
• Also a semi-finalist in Brisbane (l. to Roddick) and Roland Garros (l. to Soderling) and quarter-finalist in seven other tournaments
• He spent 27 non-consecutive weeks at No. 9 or No. 10; two weeks in Oct. 2006 and then again all but two weeks from July 9, 2007-Oct. 8, '07, and from Feb. 4, 2008-May 5, '08 except one week)…Looking to finish in Top 10 for first time in career…His previous best year-end finish was No. 13 in 2006
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a 72-51 career record and his best result was a title in Paris in 2005 (d. Ljubicic in five sets)...Also a runner-up this year in Miami (l. to Roddick) and three-time semi-finals
• In 2009, finished in Top 20 for fourth consecutive year at No. 20 and helped his country to its first Davis Cup final since 1980 (l. to Spain 5-0)…Went 3-2 in singles matches
• Has a 5-6 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and his lone indoor title came here five years ago…Has won at least one title for three straight years and five of past six (except 2006)
• The last Czech Republic player to qualify for the season finale was Jiri Novak in 2002
• The No. 2 Russian enters with a 14-6 career mark and on Wednesday opened with a 63 60 win over top Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci
• He captured the title here in 2006 (d. Hrbaty), the semi-finals in 2008 (l. to Nalbandian) and the quarter-finals in 2005 (l. to Stepanek)
W: Doha (d Nadal); SF: Rotterdam (l Soderling); QF: Australian Open (l Federer); Umag (l Chela); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Federer); Beijing (l Isner); Montpellier (l Montanes); Valencia (l Simon)
2010 in Review:
• The 29-year-old Russian has a 29-18 match record (25-13 on hard) and he's trying to reach his ninth ATP World Tour quarter-final or better…His best result came in the first week of the year in Doha where he defeated Federer in the semi-finals and Nadal in the final (saving one match point) to capture his 20th career ATP World Tour title…Has won at least one title for eight straight years
• He then followed with a quarter-final at the Australian Open (d. No. 9 Verdasco, l. to No. 1 Federer in four sets) and in February reached the semi-finals in Rotterdam where he fractured his left wrist in a fall in his loss to Soderling on Feb. 13
• He played Dubai and retired in the second round vs. Berrer and in March after a bye, he beat Gulbis before withdrawing from his third round vs. Troicki…His fracture was diagnosed in Indian Wells
• He was sidelined for three months before returning in Halle in June (l. to Becker in 2nd Rd.)…Then lost in 2nd Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Brands in four sets)
• In July in a Davis Cup quarter-final tie vs. Argentina, lost to Nalbandian in straight sets in opening rubber and then defeated Schwank in four sets in fourth rubber…Returned to clay and lost in the 2nd Rd. in Stuttgart, 3rd Rd. in Hamburg and QF in Umag
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• The Russian enters with an 85-57 career record and three titles - 2006 Paris (d. Hrbaty, 2008 Miami (d. Nadal) and 2009 Shanghai (d. Nadal)
• Also a semi-finalist five times and quarter-finalist eight other times
• Last year he closed the season by capturing his biggest title, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London where he beat del Potro in the final…Also beat No. 2 Nadal and No. 1 Federer en route
• Has finished in the Top 10 the past five years, including a personal year-best No. 3 in 2006 when he compiled a 69-29 match record
• Has a 34-52 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (3-3 this year) and his last win came over No. 9 Verdasco in the 4th Rd. at the Australian Open in January
• Here with wife Irina (brother Eduard is not here)
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AS IT HAPPENED
8.01 pm: And there you have it - Davydenko takes the third set 6-0 and will face Michaël Llodra tomorrow afternoon second up.
7.55 pm: Davydenko wants the evening session to get under way – he’s broken TBerd twice and leads 5-0. Whoosh.
7.35 pm: We’ll have a decider in what is still the afternoon session – Davydenko forces a tie-break which he wins 7-5. The evening patrons will have to wait a while longer before taking their seats...
7.08 pm: TBerd saves two break points, while Knowles and Ram have just beaten Bopanni and Qureshi 3 and 2 to set up a quarter-final tie with Dlouhy and Paes tomorrow afternoon.
6.38 pm: Berdych holds from 15-40 down to lead 2-1. A second service ace helped his cause, under the watchful eye of his companion, luscious Lucie Safarova.
6.22 pm: Berdych suddenly carves out the first break points of the match and takes one to win the tenth game. And there’s no coming back from that. 6-4 TBerd.
5.55 pm: 2006 winner and 2008 semi-finalist Davydenko serving at 1-2 against 2005 winner Tomas Berdych.
Tomas lost to Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 in two hours and 16 minutes of play.