Day 2 at Paris Bercy Masters 2012

Schedule nonsense at Bercy on Day 2: on Court Central (14 500 seats): Chardy, Mathieu and Llodra. On court 1 (300 seats): Dimitrov, Melzer, Cilic, Dolgopolov, Querrey and Verdasco. So as you guessed it, I spent most of the afternoon on Court 1.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Jurgen Melzer

The first match on Court 1: “Baby Fed” Dimitrov against 2010 French Open semifinalist Jurgen Melzer.
Both players had a disappointing season: Melzer’s ranking fell from 8 in 2011 to 30 this year and Dimitrov is around the top 50.

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Jurgen Melzer


Jurgen Melzer

7-6 6-2 for the 21 year old Bulgarian.

Grigor Dimitrov and Jurgen Melzer

Grigor Dimitrov

Jerzy Janowicz vs Marin Cilic

Janowicz beat Dmitry Tursunov and Florent Serra in qualifications and then Philip Kohlschreiber in the first round.
He produced another shock result to dump out 13th seed Marin Cilic. The Polish qualifier (2.03m) won his battle of the giants against the Croatian 7-6 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with Andy Murray or Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Jerzy Janowicz

Marin Cilic and Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz

Igor Sijsling vs Alexandr Dolgopolov

And another upset! Qualifier Igor Sijsling from the Netherlands beat last week’s Valencia runner-up Dolgopolov.

Igor Sijsling

Sam Querrey vs Fernando Verdasco

Sam Querrey and Fernando Verdasco

4-0 after 8 minutes for Querrey. Verdasco retires at 1-6 1-1. He should have stayed home instead of making this cameo appearence.

Kei Nishikori vs Benoit Paire

Following Verdasco’s retirement, Nishikori‘s match was moved to Court Central.
One of my goal on Day 2 was to watch Nishikori so, mission accomplished. Nishikori is quick, has solid groundstrokes and good hands. An elegant tennis player, nice to watch.

Nishikori defeated Benoit Paire in straight sets but unfortunately had to pull out of his third-round match against Gilles Simon because of a right ankle injury.

Benoit Paire

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

In the stands

Arnaud Di Pasquale (first row, left) and Arnaud Clément:

Arnaud Di Pasquale and Arnaud Clement

Who will win the 2012 BNP Paris Bercy Masters?

  • David Ferrer (43%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (19%, 4 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (10%, 2 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Milos Raonic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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