BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Paris Friday Preview: Nadal, Djokovic Lead London Eight In QF Action
by Greg Sharko|
(7) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) Djokovic Leads 13-2
(5) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (4) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) Federer Leads 13-5
(1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (9) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Nadal Leads 11-0
(3) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Ferrer Leads 6-3
• It's Fantastic Friday at the BNP Paribas Masters with all eight players who qualified for next week’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in the quarter-finals. It’s the first time since ’09 Rogers Cup in Montreal there are eight of the Top 10 in the quarter-finals. In that tournament the Top 8 were in QF. Seven of the eight players have won at least one title this season, combining for 26 titles.
• In the opening match on Court Central, No. 2 and 2009 champion Novak Djokovic brings a 13-2 head-to-head advantage against No. 7 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic has won the past 12 meetings, including two five-setters this season at the Australian Open (4R) and US Open (SF). Djokovic comes into his 13th quarter-final of the season with a 14-match winning streak since his US Open final loss to Nadal on Sept. 9. Wawrinka qualified for the first time in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday and he is also making his 13th quarter-final appearance this year. The Swiss No. 2 is also trying to win his 50th match of the season.
• In the next match, No. 5 seed Roger Federer takes on No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro in a repeat of Sunday’s Basel final in which the Argentine won in three sets. Although Federer leads the head-to-head series 13-5, the Argentine has won the past three meetings all in three sets indoors. The 32-year-old Swiss is playing in his 11th quarter-final of the season and he’s trying to beat a Top 10 opponent for the second time this year (1-8). The 25-year-old del Potro is 15-1 since a second round loss (l. to Hewitt) at the US Open. He is one of four players with at least four titles this year.
• In the evening session, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal looks to improve his 11-0 head-to-head record against No. 9 Richard Gasquet and move closer to clinching year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The 27-year-old Spaniard won his 70th match of the season (70-5) on Thursday and he will finish No. 1 for the first time since 2010 if he has any result that is equal or better than Djokovic OR the Serb loses in the final and Nadal reaches the semi-finals OR Nadal wins the title. Gasquet qualified for his first year-end final championship since 2007 on Thursday and he will finish as the No. 1 Frenchman.
• In the last match on, No. 3 seed and reigning champion David Ferrer who won his first ATP Masters 1000 title here last year, squares off with No. 6 and ’05 Bercy champion Tomas Berdych for the 10th time (Ferrer leads 6-3). Ferrer has reached eight finals this year, including back-to-back the past two weeks in Stockholm (l. to Dimitrov) and Valencia (l. to Youzhny). Berdych is the only player in the Top 10 without a title this year and he has been runner-up three times (Marseille, Dubai, Bangkok).
50 MATCH WINS CLUB – There are six players with at least 50 match wins on the ATP World Tour this season (Wawrinka, who has 49 wins, will try to add his name to the list):