BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Janowicz Reaches Paris Third Round; Dimitrov, Mahut Win Openers
by ATP Staff|
Jerzy Janowicz, who captivated the tennis world with five Top 20 win en route to the BNP Paribas Masters final 12 months ago, beat qualifier Santiago Giraldo 7-6(3), 6-3 on Tuesday. The 14th seed, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Murray) in July, will next meet a Spaniard – World No. 1 Rafael Nadal or Marcel Granollers in the third round.
Grigor Dimitrov, who lifted his first ATP World Tour trophy earlier this month at the If Stockholm Open, will meet No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini second round after he converted four of his 13 break point opportunities in a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 win over two-time former semi-finalist Michael Llodra.
"The difference was when I started missing my first serves," said Llodra, who announced that 2014 will be his final season as a pro. "I really had difficulties serving really hard lately. He is extremely fit right now. He's in good shape and that made a difference in important points."
Pablo Andujar made the most of his lucky loser spot when he defeated last week’s Swiss Indoors Basel semi-finalist Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes. Andujar replaced Gael Monfils, who withdrew Monday night due to a wrist injury. He now faces Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier Tomas Berdych, the sixth seed and 2005 champion.
Nicolas Mahut advanced to the second round for the fourth time (also 2003, 2007 and 2011) when he beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(6), 6-1 in 80 minutes. The wild card entry has won two grass-court ATP World Tour titles this year at the Topshelf Open (d. Wawrinka) and the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships (d. Hewitt).
"For me, each tournament is a bonus," said Mahut, who will next challenge No. 15 seed Gilles Simon. "I think I did more than I anticipated this year and I'm lucky to be able to finish the season here in Bercy. If I had been told that at the beginning of the year, I wouldn't have believed it. I just have to try to play my best tennis, and when I'm doing this, it always goes well."