|Posted on November 5, 2010 at 4:58 PM|
Michael Llodra and Tomas Berdych at the Draw ceremony on Friday, November 5, 2010
Nadal withdraws, draw throws up tough ties for seeds
The draw for the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters was held on Friday 5 November at 6.30 pm at the home of L’Equipe, France's prestigious daily sports newspaper...
The draw for the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters was held on Friday 5 November at 6.30 pm at the home of L’Equipe, France's prestigious daily sports newspaper, located near to the Roland Garros stadium in the town of Boulogne-Billancourt.
French Davis Cup hero Michaël Llodra and Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych were on hand to perform the ceremony, which threw up some intriguing ties.
The big news however was the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal mere minutes before the draw took place. The undisputed world No.1, who has never won the BNP Paribas Masters, departed from the tournament before he even arrived. His withdrawal was cloaked in mystery, with the Majorcan set to have an as yet undisclosed injury examined on Saturday.
Roger Federer, who has never been past the quarter-finals at Bercy, was moved up to No.1 seed and was paired against the winner of Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Mahut, the latter – famous for his 11-hour epic at Wimbledon this year – having benefitted from the withdrawal of Paul-Henri Mathieu with a knee injury to secure a wild card. Federer will be wary of French opposition, having fallen to Julien Benneteau last year in the early stages of the tournament.
2009 winner Novak Djokovic moved up to the No.2 seed, and will take on the winner of dangerous Argentinean Juan Monaco (who defeated Andy Murray in Valencia this week) or American Sam Querrey, while Murray himself, seeded No.3, will get the winner of Marcel Granollers or 2007 winner David Nalbandian. Robin Söderling completes the top four seedings, and will take on the winner of up-and-coming Kazakh Andrey Golubev or resurgent Frenchman Gilles Simon, who won the seventh title of his career last week when he defeated Mischa Zverev in Metz.
Should all matches go according to seeding, then the third round should look as follows:
Federer (No.1) – Almagro (No.14)
Melzer (No.11) – Ferrer (No.7)
Murray (No.3) – Cilic (No.13)
Monfils (No.12) – Verdasco (No.6)
Roddick No. – Youzhny (No.9)
Ljubicic (No.15) – Söderling (No.4)
Berdych (No.5) – Davydenko (No.10)
Isner (No.16) – Djokovic (No.2)
The quarter-finals would then be Federer – Ferrer, Murray – Verdasco, Roddick – Söderling and Berdych – Djokovic. Murray is in Federer's half of the draw – a prospect which will no doubt disappoint the Swiss former world No.1 due to the Scotsman's excellent record against Federer in Masters Tournaments – while Söderling is in Djokovic's half.