• Tsonga could benefit if Djokovic withdraws

    11/6/11 10:12 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Tsonga could benefit if Djokovic withdraws The story in the top quarter of the Paris draw is Novak Djokovic's status. If Djokovic withdraws, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Viktor Troicki could take advantage.

    Novak Djokovic appears doubtful at best for the upcoming BNP Paribas Masters in Paris due to a shoulder injury that derailed his progress in Basel. If Djokovic somehow manages to play, he will find himself in a section of the draw that includes seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nicolas Almagro, and Viktor Troicki.

    A healthy Djokovic should normally have no trouble advancing to at least the quarterfinals. His potential opener will come against either Fabio Fognini or Ivan Dodig. After that, the world No. 1 would face a possible matchup with either Troicki or Kei Nishikori. Nishikori will be tired after a runner-up performance in Basel, where he took out a hobbled Djokovic in the semis.

    Tsonga can wrap up his World Tour Finals bid with a decent showing in Paris. It could be a lot more than decent for Tsonga, though, if Djokovic pulls out. The sixth-seeded Frenchman will be heavily favored to reach the semis if Djokovic vacates this section.

    Up first for Tsonga is either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Santiago Giraldo, both of whom are far from their best on indoor hard courts. Tsonga's nearest seed is an out-of-form Almagro, who could face a tough opener against Nikolay Davydenko.

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