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2009 Paris Masters Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs Vincent Millot

Posted on November 8, 2009 at 1:01 PM

On Monday qualifier Vincent Millot will take on Tomas Berdych, who at No19 is 213 places higher than the up-and-coming French lefty.

Order of Play - Monday, November 9, 2009


Matches Start At: 11:00am


Not Before 1:00 PM

Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Vincent MILLOT (FRA)

followed by

Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA) vs Viktor TROICKI (SRB)

followed by


Not Before 7:30 PM

Thierry ASCIONE (FRA) vs Marat SAFIN (RUS)

Not Before 8:45 PM





Tournament Highlights:

• The 24-year-old Czech Republic native enters Paris for the fifth straight year with an 11-3 record...He made his debut in 2005 and captured the title (ranked No. 50) with wins over No. 7-ranked Guillermo Coria in the second round, No. 19 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the third round, No. 11 Gaston Gaudio in the quarter-finals, No. 14 Radek Stepanek in the semi-finals and No. 10 Ivan Ljubicic in five sets in the final

• The following year reached the quarter-finals (l. to Hrbaty) and the past two years lost in the third round at No. 15 Gonzalez in the first round and fell to Andreas Seppi in the next round

2009 Highlights:

W: Munich (d Youzhny); QF: Washington (l Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Nadal); Kuala Lumpur (l Soderling); Tokyo (l Youzhny)

2009 in Review:

• The No. 2 Czech Republic player (behind No. 14 Stepanek) has a 35-24 match record on the season (21-16 on hard)

• He has reached five ATP World Tour quarter-finals (or better) this season…In May, he captured his fifth career ATP World Tour title in Munich on clay (d. Youzhny)

• In September he helped his native country to its first Davis Cup final (vs. Spain) in 29 years by defeating Croatia in the semi-finals…He won the second rubber over Marin Cilic in five sets

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:

• Has a 55-43 career record, winning his lone title in Paris in 2005…Posted wins over five consecutive seeds/Top 20 foes, including No. 7 Coria, Ferrero, Gaudio, Stepanek and No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets

• Also a semi-finalist in Madrid in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to Gonzalez), Monte Carlo in 2007 (l. to Nadal) and Miami last year (l. to Nadal)


• In 2008, finished as the top Czech Republic player and in Top 20 for third straight year at No. 20 …Captured his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Tokyo (d. Roddick, del Potro in F) and also runner-up in Bastad (l. to Robredo)

• In 2007, finished as the No. 1 Czech Republic player and in the Top 15 (at No. 14) for the second straight year…Won his third ATP World Tour title (first on grass) in Halle (d. Baghdatis) and advanced to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal)

• Has a 5-4 career record in ATP finals and reached a personal-high No. 9 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Aug. 20, 2007

• Coached by countryman Tomas Krupa (since Jan. 2009) after working with former ATP pro Jaroslav Navratil


Tournament Highlights:

• The 23-year-old Frenchman, who was an alternate in the qualifying draw, took advantage of the opportunity and defeated No. 8 seed Simone Bolelli 67(5) 64 63 in the first round and No. 3 seed Frederico Gil of Portugal 64 36 62 in the final round

2009 in Review:

• The left-handed Frenchman qualified into his second ATP World Tour tournament in three weeks...Two weeks ago he qualified in Lyon and lost in the first round to Belgian Olivier Rochus

• The Montpellier native has compiled his best results in Futures and Challenger events, winning the Canada #1 title in March and reaching the final at France #3 in February and Netherlands #1 in June...In Challengers, has an 11-12 match record and reached the final in Milan in June and one month later was runner-up in Manta, Ecuador


• Began playing tennis at age six and played soccer until age 12...Father, Philippe, was a soccer pro; mother, Marie

• Enjoys playing indoors and considers hard and clay courts his favorite surfaces

• He used to live in Montreal with his girlfriend but has returned to Paris to look for a coach

• Player he admired growing up is three-time Paris champion Marat Safin

• Says his goal next year is to reach Top 100 on ATP World Tour

• Here is a look at his year-end South African Airways ATP Ranking over the past four years – 2005: No. 973, 2006: No. 637, 2007: No. 436, and 2008: No. 450 



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