BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
London Contenders To Face Spaniards; Nishikori Sets Tsonga Clash
by ATP Staff|
Feliciano Lopez will look to derail Stanislas Wawrinka’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals bid when the pair meets in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters. Lopez edged qualifier Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(1) in the first round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament on Monday in Paris.
Wawrinka is currently in eighth position in the Emirates ATP Race To London and bidding to qualify for the season finale for the first time. He has a 2-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Lopez, who hit 21 aces past Tomic for victory in two hours and 23 minutes.
Right behind Wawrinka in the Emirates ATP Race To London is Richard Gasquet, who will face Fernando Verdasco in his Paris opener. Verdasco held off a late fightback from Ernests Gulbis to prevail 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in one hour and 53 minutes. Verdasco will face Gasquet for the 12th time and leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 6-5.
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Another London contender, Milos Raonic, will open his bid against qualifier Robin Haase. The Dutchman, a recent runner-up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna (l. to Haas), defeated Denis Istomin 7-6(8), 6-3 in 84 minutes.
Kei Nishikori claimed his 35th win of the season as he upset home hope Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-2 in 69 minutes. The Japanese No. 1 saved the four break points he faced to move into a 2-1 lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Benneteau. The 23 year old goes on to challenge London contender Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.
French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert claimed the first tour-level win of his career as he defeated countryman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2. The 22-year-old Herbert overcame a gap of 163 places in the Emirates ATP Rankings to break serve six times and claim victory in 59 minutes. The win earned Herbert a second-round contest with World No. 2 Novak Djokovic.
Defending champion David Ferrer is set to open his campaign against Lukas Rosol, after the Czech defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 in 81 minutes. The 28-year-old Rosol is coming off a semi-final showing in Vienna (l. to Haas) and will look to overturn a 0-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Ferrer.
Jerzy Janowicz, who finished runner-up to Ferrer in the 2012 final, will face Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo in the second round. Giraldo battled past French wild card Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in just over two hours.
Philipp Kohlschreiber set an all-German clash with 11th seed Tommy Haas after beating Andreas Seppi 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Kohlschreiber will be hoping to repeat the win he recorded over Haas last week, when they met in the Valencia Open 500 first round.
In an all-French doubles match, Jeremy Chardy and Gilles Simon defeated Adrian Mannarino and Gael Monfils 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-7. Afterwards, Monfils withdrew from the singles draw with a left wrist injury.