• Djokovic draws tricky section at Paris Masters

    10/30/12 12:06 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Djokovic draws tricky section at Paris Masters Novak Djokovic, now the top seed in the tournament since Roger Federer's withdrawal, will face a tricky quarter of the draw, which he shares with on-fire Juan Martin Del Potro and Milos Raonic.

    World No. 2 Novak Djokovic will not have an easy entry into the Paris Masters. The Serb drew perhaps the most difficult quarter in the Paris Masters, where he faces a possible round of 16 against Milos Raonic and a quarterfinal against the in-form player of the moment, Juan Martin Del Potro, who has won two consecutive indoor titles coming into Bercy.

    And even without a daunting quarterfinal looming, the No. 2 seed will have a trial by fire as he is slated to meet either Sam Querrey, who is playing outstanding tennis at the moment, or Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

    The one spot of good news for Djokovic is that he should come into the tournament well-rested, whereas Del Potro has played two straight weeks with two straight titles.

    He'll have to work hard for it, but Djokovic should be able to get through this section.

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Another blog said Novak was sick. Tank? I guess like Roger he wants rest before WTF.

pennster , 10/30/12 1:40 AM

Probably he'll pull out after playing a match to rest for WTF now that he has secured the No.1 ranking. Maybe an appearance fee is also under the table.

scoretracker , 10/30/12 2:28 AM

Those big hitters are mince meat for Novak, His withdrawal is expected though!

tennismania , 10/30/12 9:50 AM


ed251137 , 10/30/12 10:48 AM

This Masters event has always been at risk for withdrawals and retirements. Not surprising.

cherylmurray , 10/30/12 1:04 PM

Stepanek doubles match has been cancelled. Presumably they have withdrawn because they are playing next week.

ed251137 , 10/30/12 3:09 PM

apologies: it was his singles match against Llodra which was cancelled (dont know why) but I assume the same reason applies. Does anybody know what reason was given?

It make it a nightmare for the organisers scheduling matches never knowing which players will do a disappearing act.

ed251137 , 10/30/12 6:06 PM

Novak said two days ago that he was not feeling well and thus had to cancel his online meeting with fans. Yesterday (Monday) he flew to Belgrade when he heard his father was admitted to ER (known to have high blood pressure and thus sometimes doesn't watch Nole's matches) but returned to Paris a few hours later after being assured all measures were taken. So, we'll see. He can play freely knowing his year end ranking is a sure thing. He can also play worried for the health of his father and underperform as a result.

danica , 10/30/12 6:31 PM

@ed251137, 10/30/12 6:06 PM

The website of the tournament: "The Radek Stepanek pulled out of the tournament with a right knee injury." ws/chardy-mathieu-and-llodra-progress

Augustina08 , 10/30/12 7:47 PM

Steps will be playing at WTF next week and it's wise of him to pull out and rest coz he's up there in years and most probably needs more recovery time playing back to back tournaments. His doubles partner Paes, might get very ticked off if they were unable to play at the WTF.

scoretracker , 10/30/12 8:02 PM

"Maybe an appearance fee is also under the table"

Masters events are mandatory so they don't need to pay appearance fees. Only ATP 250 & 500s lure players with fees.

racquet , 10/30/12 8:43 PM

From what I've read there are appearance fees for some players, albeit the tourneys are mandatory. Those players who have 600 or more match wins can pull out, but they can be lured back in with a huge appearance fee.

scoretracker , 10/30/12 10:05 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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