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Fed in Fine Form; Fish is 6th man to qualify for London

Paris 2nd Rd Results; Thursday schedule


November 09, 2011 | 08:59 PM

Fed gave 85th ranked Adrian Mannarino a 50 minute session today which the Frenchman had to pause for a 5 minute injury time-out half way through after a fall (he may have needed as shrink as much as a trainer). He hadn't done any better before the fall, losing the 1st set in 24 minutes. In total, Fed gave up 4 points on serve (1 on 2nd serve) serving at 65% and disarming the one strength claimed by the local (his return of serve), winning easily with 16 winners and giving up barely a third of the points (6-2, 6-3).

Murray dispatched another Frenchman, #110 Jeremy Chardy (110), 6-2, 6-4, without quite as much help from his own A game on serve, but he was deadly on return, breaking Chardy on 3 of 3 opportunities. With longer rallies and more points in total, this one was a little more of a work-out though Andy didn't face a break point either.

But the losses today which the locals find harder to bear were seeds #8 Monfils (who had beaten both Murray and Federer in 3 sets last year before running out of gas against Soderling in the final) and #10 Gilles Simon. Both disappeared today and for the rest of the season with their thin chances of qualifying for London gone. Simon won only 50% of points on his serve and only 38% overall in a 6-4, 6-0 loss to last week's Valencia champion Juan Monaco. Monfils won more games in a 6-3, 6-4 loss to serve-and-volleyer Lopez (on a controversially slow, slow court), but was 0/5 on break points.

To round out FRENCH woes in Palais Omnipsorts Paris-Bercy, Nicolas Mahut was shut out 4 and 4 by 4th seed David Ferrer without notching a break. In 5 matches, the French 0-5 and did not score a single service break. It is a safe bet that with 5 of 7 locals out of the draw in the first 2 rounds, the court surface will change again next year - for the faster. Some joie de vivre may return tomorrow if Tsonga beats Seppi, as that will assure his London qualification (Seppi took care of Almagro and the Spaniard's hopes for London, 6-3, 7-5). Jo beat the Italian in Australia this year.

The three AMERICANS in Paris have fared better:

- Fish creamed Mayer 6-1, 6-2 to get to a 3rd round match with Monaco tomorrow (Mardy won 2/3 of points). He will qualify for London with a win tomorrow. In their only recent encounter, Monaco beat him on clay.

- Isner suffered 1 service break but defeated Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-4, and will next face Lopez.

- Roddick rested today but has Murray tomorrow, whom he last beat in '09 at Wimbledon. A

Murray has a 6-1 record with him on hard courts.

The other man a match away from qualification is #5 seed Berdych, who must beat #11 Tipsarevic for the first time in their 3rd round match tomorrow (he is 0-4 with the Serb, all matches on hard courts, and 2 in the last 4 months).

Should Tomas lose, Tipsarevic can qualify with an in your dreams run through the rest of the draw, meaning probably Federer in the quarters, Murray in the semis and Joker or Tsonga in the finals. With Simon and Monfils losing, Tipso will almost certainly be the alternate in London, assured of taking home 6 figures for showing up, and with a good chance of seeing some action if anyone withdraws. That is, unless Roddick were to reach the finals after Tipso lost to Berdych. Andy's getting to London seems as unlikely as any imaginable scenario after a largely disappointing year in which he's

come to this point 15th in The Race with 1 indoor title (Memphis) and 1 early final (Brisbane). His points have come mostly from a 9-3 record in the Majors (his best result was beating Ferrer to reach the quarters of The Open where he lost 2, 1 and 3 to Nadal). His record in ATP 1000's is a dismal 6-5 within an overall record of 33-15.

COMPLETE RESULTS FROM WEDNESDAY:

09.11.2011 R32 F Lopez defeats (8) G Monfils 63 64 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 J Monaco defeats (10) G Simon 64 60 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (4) D Ferrer defeats N Mahut 64 64 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (3) R Federer defeats A Mannarino 62 63 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (2) A Murray defeats J Chardy 62 64 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (1) N Djokovic defeats I Dodig 64 63 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (15) V Troicki defeats S Stakhovsky 64 64 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (14) A Dolgopolov defeats P Kohlschreiber 63 76(6) Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (11) J Tipsarevic defeats A Bogomolov Jr. 61 60 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 (7) M Fish defeats F Mayer 61 62 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 A Seppi defeats (9) N Almagro 63 75 Match Stats H2H

09.11.2011 R32 J Isner defeats I Kunitsyn 64 64 Match Stats H2H

TOMORROW'S SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, 10 NOVEMBER, 2011

CENTRAL COURT start 10:30 am

[13] A Roddick (USA) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)

[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [15] V Troicki (SRB)

[Q] A Seppi (ITA) vs [6] J Tsonga (FRA)

Not Before 4:00 PM

[7] M Fish (USA) vs J Monaco (ARG)

Not Before 7:30 PM

[16] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [3] R Federer (SUI)

Not Before 8:30 PM

J Isner (USA) vs F Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

[5] T Berdych (CZE) vs [11] J Tipsarevic (SRB)

[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [14] A Dolgopolov (UKR)

[7] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs C Fleming (GBR) / J Murray (GBR)

[WC] A Clement (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [6] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [WC] J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)

E Butorac (USA) / J Rojer (AHO) vs [2] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon

S Gonzalez (MEX) / C Kas (GER) vs M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA)

Rick

ATP 2011


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