Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

I only watched the first set, won easily by Tsonga 6-2, before heading to court 1 for the Nishikori-Robredo second round match. I was quite surprised to learn that Tsonga had to battle three sets to defeat Melzer.

Here are a few pictures of the match:

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Andy Murray

Win his straight sets win over Julien Benneteau on Wednesday, Andy Murray has now won 19 of his last 21 matches, with 3 titles under his belt (Shenzhen, Vienna and Valencia).
6-3 6-4 for the Scot who can thank Benneteau for all his unforced errors. Murray who is fifth in the race, needs to reach the quarterfinals to qualify for the London ATP finals. He next faces Grigor Dimitrov, who beat him at Wimbledon this year.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Julien Benneteau

Fun fact: Benneteau’s coach, Loic Courteau is the former coach of Amélie Mauresmo who is now the coach of Andy Murray.

Amélie Mauresmo

Andy Murray

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Novak Djokovic

A really solid 6-3 6-4 win for Novak Djokovic who is once again the big favorite for the title here. But he could lose his number one ranking if he loses in quarterfinals and Roger Federer wins the tournament.

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Novak Djokovic

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic’s coach, Boris Becker won the Bercy tournament three times in 1986, 1989 and 1992. He was also finalist in 1990 and 1995.

Boris Becker

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Richard Gasquet

Bothered by a back injury before the French Open, Richard Gasquet has had a disappointing season so far: he reached only one final (Eastbourne, loss to Feliciano Lopez) and is now out of the top 20.
With a good performance in Paris he could secure a spot in the French Davis Cup team that will face Switzerland in less than a month.

Gasquet didn’t panic after the loss of the first set 6-7, and played much more relaxed in the second set, with some beautiful backhands down the line, to level the match at one set all. At 3-0 in the third, Istomin injured his knee after a long and spectacular rally, and managed to played only one more game. 6-7 6-2 4-0 victory for Gasquet who next plays 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet

Denis Istomin

Gasquet interview after his win:

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Philipp Kohlschreiber

A really bad day at the office for Edouard Roger-Vasselin, dismantled 3-6 1-6 by Philipp Kohlschreiber in just over an hour.
The Frenchman will take part to the ATP doubles finals in London with Julien Benneteau and has a tiny little chance to be selected as a member of the French Davis Cup team that will face Swizerland from 21 to 23 November in Lille.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin

Edouard Roger-Vasselin